Saturday 24 February 2018

Dad with 'threats against his life' is a no-show over M50 garda chase charge

Accused Andrew Allen (37) failed to turn up to court
Accused Andrew Allen (37) failed to turn up to court

Andrew Phelan

A FATHER-of-two charged with dangerous driving following a high-speed garda chase and crash on the M50 has had his case adjourned after a court heard there was a "threat on his life".

Andrew Allen (37) failed to appear in Blanchardstown District Court, where he was due to have fresh charges brought against him. Judge David McHugh granted an adjournment in his absence.

When his case was called, defence solicitor John O'Doherty said he had tried to contact the accused, but had not been able to do so.

A garda was in court to bring new charges and Mr Allen "usually does turn up", Mr O'Doherty said.

"The court may be aware he has a threat on his life," he added.

Judge McHugh agreed to adjourn the case and said he would note the next date but it was not read out in court.

Mr Allen is charged with two counts of dangerous driving - at River Road, and Ashtown Road, both in Castleknock, on October 7.

The accused, who is unemployed and has an address in Blanchardstown, is also charged with failing to stop for a garda and unlicenced and uninsured driving at River Road.

At his first court appearance last year, Garda Paul Doona said he arrested the accused in Leopardstown and brought him to Blanchardstown Garda Station.

He made no reply to any of the charges after caution.

Bail conditions include a strict curfew between the hours of 10pm and 8am, and a requirement that Mr Allen does not drive "any mechanically-propelled vehicle".

Mr Allen has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to any of the charges.

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