Friday 19 January 2018

Man risks jail again over driving offence

Sonya McLean and Fiona Ferguson

A YOUNG man faces possible reactivation of a partially suspended sentence for dangerous driving after he failed to abide by the terms of the suspension.

Eoin Gaffney (21), pictured, crashed a nun's car into a parked vehicle, sending it through the front of a house in June 2008.

Gaffney, of Basin Street Flats, Kilmainham, Dublin, 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.

On October 6, 2009, Judge Katherine Delahunt imposed a three-year sentence with the last 18 months suspended.

Brian Horgan, probation officer, yesterday told Gerardine Small, for the prosecution, that Gaffney had been assessed for The Bridge Project and was sent three letters for appointments between January 5 and 26 last but failed to appear on any occasion.

Mr Horgan said that an attempt was made to contact him by phone on February 10 but no contact was made and he had failed to respond to any requests to attend for appointment.

Defence counsel John Fitzgerald said Gaffney had no excuse and accepts that he should have kept the appointments.

Yesterday Judge Delahunt remanded Gaffney on continuing bail until Monday, when she will decide the case.

Irish Independent

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