Brother of model Glenda Gilson is banned for drug driving
A BROTHER of model and TV presenter Glenda Gilson was yesterday given a six-year road ban and a €3,000 fine following a drug-driving incident.
Judge Ann Watkin also imposed a three-month suspended sentence on Damien Gilson (35), who was found guilty of driving under the influence of cannabis on September 8, 2010.
Gilson, of Raglan Road in Dublin, had been tailgating and dangerously overtaking other cars in Dublin before gardai stopped him and found a half-smoked cannabis joint in the 08-reg Land Rover Discovery he was driving. More cannabis was found stashed in a sock.
The judge said Gilson had prior criminal convictions for assault and careless driving, had lied in court and showed no remorse.
She said he was lucky not to be going to jail because of his aggressive driving as she imposed the sentence, which was suspended on condition that he keeps the peace for one year. The fine must be paid within two years or he will be jailed for 28 days.
She also directed that Gilson was to be on supervised probation for two years. She said he must not take any illegal drugs and can only drink alcohol when "permitted in writing by the Probation Service".
The judge made an order that he cannot be alone in a car while he is under probation supervision. "If the driver gets out of the car, you get out," she warned him yesterday at Dublin District Court.
Gilson had earlier been convicted of driving while under the influence of cannabis at Diswellstown Road, north Dublin, and dangerous driving at the Phoenix Park, on September 8, 2010.
Jobless Gilson, whose car-sales business has gone into liquidation, had also been found guilty of three further charges for unlawful possession of cannabis on the same date.
Yesterday, at the sentence hearing, defence counsel Oisin Clarke said Gilson had been using cannabis to cope with stress due to the collapse of his motor-sales business.
He no longer uses the drug, the barrister said.