Saturday 20 January 2018

Senior garda accused of ‘attempting to frustrate’ drink driving case

Andrew Phelan

A SENIOR member of the gardai has been accused of attempting to frustrate a drink driving prosecution by taking alcohol in an incident at his home.

Paul O'Brien pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared in Dublin District Court today.

Judge Bryan Smyth set a date for his non-jury trial and adjourned the case against him.

Mr O'Brien, with an address at Moyville, Rathfarhnam, is accused of one count of consuming alcohol with the intention of frustrating a prosecution under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act 2010.

The offence is alleged to have happened at his home on May 6 this year. None of the circumstances of the case were outlined to the court.

When the case was called, the defendant's barrister asked Judge Smyth to put it back in the morning's list so he could consult his client.

Mr O'Brien stood when the judge asked if he was present in court. Some time later, the case was called again and counsel said the accused was "seeking a date for hearing".

The State Solicitor said there would be seven witnesses and the hearing may take about two hours.

Judge Smyth adjourned the case to a date in February, for hearing. The defendant, wearing a dark suit, did not address the court during the brief hearing.

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