Drugged pair stole car with man in back
TWO men who were high on drink and drugs following a music festival have been jailed for three years each after they stole a car with a man sleeping in the back seat and drove it halfway across the country.
Martin Scally (29), of Ennell View Terrace, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, and Hugh Nevin (25), of Grange Crescent, Mullingar, were jailed for six years, with the final three suspended, after they pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and taking a vehicle on May 28 last year.
Scally also pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Court to stealing his victim's phone.
The pair had been attending the Life Music Festival in Mullingar last year when they stole the car with Gavin Kennan (26) asleep in the back.
Scally, who was driving, said he had no recollection of the incident as he had taken 14 ecstasy tablets, ketamine, cocaine, speed and a large quantity of drink.
Nevin had also taken a cocktail of drink and drugs and had no recollection.
The court heard Mr Kennan woke up to find his car was being driven away and was terrified. Despite numerous appeals to be let out, the defendants drove to Galway.
They took Mr Kennan's phone, €5 in cash and his shoes so he could not alert the gardai or escape. He only managed to escape after one of his captors went into a shop in Galway. The pair continued on their way and were only arrested after they crashed in Clifden.
Scally, a father of seven, who was rearing 10 children with his partner, told the court he was sorry for the incident. He said he had suffered a near-death experience in recent weeks and was determined to turn his life around.
"I was brought back to life in hospital. I died but someone up there was looking out for me," he said, referring to having been assaulted in recent weeks and losing five pints of blood.
However, Judge Raymond Groarke said he had watched both defendants while a victim impact statement was read out. "If anything, you seemed amused," he said.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Kennan said he had lost his long-term girlfriend, could not continue with his studies and was suffering depression.
"My dreams and hopes have been shattered," he said, adding that he had been too fearful to attend court and face the pair.
Judge Groarke said that if the pair had not been aware Mr Kennan was in the car when they took it, they would have realised pretty quickly while still within the confines of Mullingar.
The court heard Scally had 23 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic offences, while Nevin had 10 previous convictions including three for assault.