Man back in jail over breach of probation
A MAN who was at the centre of a recent high profile trial is back in jail after he failed to abide by the terms of a partially suspended sentence.
Owen Gaffney (21) must now serve the 18-month balance of the sentence he received for dangerous driving on October 6 last year.
Gaffney, of Basin Street Flats, Kilmainham, Dublin, had crashed a nun's car into a parked vehicle, sending it through the front of a house in June 2008. He caused damage amounting to €9,000.
Judge Katherine Delahunt imposed a three-year prison sentence, with the last 18 months suspended, and ordered that he abide by probation supervision on his release.
The sentence was backdated to take into account time he had already spent in custody and he was released from prison in December last.
Judge Delahunt yesterday reactivated the 18-month suspended portion of the sentence after hearing that after his release Gaffney had failed to attend Probation Service appointments.
He had pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage at Harcourt Lodge, Dublin 8, unlawful use of a car, two charges of dangerous driving and driving without insurance. He had 23 previous convictions.
Probation officer Brian Horgan last week told Geraldine Small, prosecuting, that Gaffney had been assessed for a drug rehabilitation scheme but failed to respond to requests to attend for appointment.
Defence counsel John Fitzgerald said Gaffney accepted he should have done so but his father had died while he was in custody and on his release he wanted to put it behind him.
He said that more recently Gaffney had been at the centre of a very highly publicised trial and "had a lot going on". He was "receiving a lot of media attention" and put his head into the sand about this case.
Details of the trial cannot be included here due to legal restrictions.
Mr Fitzgerald said Gaffney's parents were heroin addicts.