Saturday 24 February 2018

Gilson's brother is warned by judge over no-show

Tom Tuite

A BROTHER of model Glenda Gilson was told by a judge yesterday that he caused "a lot of hassle" by not turning up for his trial for cannabis possession and driving under the influence of an intoxicant.

Damien Gilson (35) has been accused of driving "under the influence of an intoxicant" to such an extent he was incapable of having proper control of a vehicle, at Diswellstown Road, in north Dublin, and dangerous driving at the Phoenix Park, on September 8, 2010.

He faces three further charges for unlawful possession of cannabis resin and cannabis herb at Blanchardstown garda station and possessing cannabis resin at Diswellstown Road, on the same date. He had pleaded not guilty and was due to face a hearing at Dublin District Court yesterday morning.

However, he was not present when it was called and Judge David McHugh issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Mr Gilson turned up after the court had risen and went before another district judge.

Defence solicitor Michael O'Connor told Judge Timothy Lucey that Mr Gilson had "confused his date".

He explained that the judge due to preside over the hearing had risen by the time Mr Gilson had arrived. He also said the prosecuting garda, who had left by the time Mr Gilson arrived, would have to be contacted.

Mr Gilson, with an address at Raglan Road, Dublin, answered "yes" when asked by Judge Lucey if he was going to attend his case on the next occasion.

Judge Lucey agreed to cancel the bench warrant and told Mr Gilson: "It causes a lot of hassle if you do not turn up."

The case was adjourned for 10 days when a new hearing date will be set.

In March, the Gilson Motor Company Ltd was wound up by the High Court after racking up more than €140,000 in unpaid taxes.

Glenda and Damien had been listed as directors of the firm.

Irish Independent

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