Contestant on RTE show gets four-year driving ban
A CONTESTANT on an RTE reality show has been convicted of being in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs and banned from the road for four years.
Father-of-two Damian Galvin featured with his wife Jenny on 'Six in the City' last month when they competed with two other couples to show each other the ultimate night out.
The Irish Independent revealed after the broadcast that Galvin has been arrested by gardai several times and had a string of convictions including one for possession of a knife.
When the Irish Independent contacted Galvin to ask him about his criminal past, his wife, Jenny, denied that he had such convictions. But this week, Kilcock District Court was told that Galvin (33) has 36 previous convictions for road traffic offences, public order offences and for possession of knives.
He was arrested as he sat in his car at Derrinturn on January 15, 2012, after gardai got a strong smell of cannabis.
A blood sample taken from Galvin in Leixlip garda station tested positive for the drug and he was charged with being "under the influence of an intoxicant" while in control of a vehicle. In court, Galvin, from Derrinturn, Carbury, Co Kildare, accepted he had cannabis in his blood.
He said he had been in Amsterdam a week-and-a-half earlier but denied he was smoking at the time of his arrest.
He claimed he was not in the car identified on the charge sheet. His wife also claimed that her husband was in a different vehicle.
Inspector Paul Dolan, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the State, accused her of making "disgraceful allegations against the gardai under oath".
Judge John Coughlan said he accepted the evidence of the garda officers and banned Galvin from driving for four years. He also fined him €2,000.
Last year, Galvin's brother Michael was shot and two of his friends, Andy Barry and Lithuanian Zilvinas Varnauskas, were murdered during a gangland hit.