Thursday 12 December 2019

Former model charged with drink driving

Bernie Cafolla
Bernie Cafolla
Eimear Cotter

Eimear Cotter

A SOCIALITE and former top model has appeared in court in Dublin charged with drink driving.

Bernie Cafolla (48) was allegedly caught over the legal drink driving limit during an incident in Ballsbridge last month.

Ms Cafolla is a well-known figure on Dublin's social scene.

She is a sister of one-time boss of Lillie's Bordello nightclub and now PR guru Valerie Roe and singer Patricia Roe, as well as Gillian Quinn, the wife of former Ireland football player Niall Quinn.

Judge Michael Walsh adjourned the matter to a date in September to allow Ms Cafolla to go through the evidence with her solicitor.

The accused, with an address at Crinken Villas, Shankill Village in Shankill, appeared before Court 3 in the Criminal Courts of Justice on yesterday morning.

Ms Cafolla is charged with drink driving, contrary to Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act, 2010.

The alleged offence took place at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Pembroke Road in Dublin's Ballsbridge on June 4 last.

Under the act, a person shall not drive or attempt to drive a vehicle in a public place while there is present in his or her body a quantity of alcohol such that makes him or her incapable of having proper control of the vehicle.

Defence solicitor Michelle Sheeran asked the court for full disclosure in relation to the allegation against her client, including any statements made by gardai, as well as the custody record.

Ms Sheeran also asked for the matter to be adjourned to the special court in the CCJ which deals with all drink driving matters.

The court heard that the prosecuting officer is Garda Enda Waters.

Ms Cafolla's case was among the first to be called before Court 3 yesterday morning.

Wearing a fitted purple dress and high heels, she sat quietly in the body of the court until her case was called.


When her name was called by the court clerk, she stood in the dock while her solicitor requested the disclosure of documents.

Ms Cafolla did not address the court during the short hearing.

Judge Walsh granted the disclosure order and adjourned the case to Court 8 in September.

Ms Cafolla has also not yet indicated how she will plead to the charge.

If convicted of the offence, Ms Cafolla faces a mandatory disqualification and/or a fine.

Ms Cafolla separated from her husband Lorenzo after nearly 25 years of marriage last year.

The couple have two adult sons and a teenage daughter.

Irish Independent

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