Saturday 20 January 2018

Accountant over limit gave gardaí two false names

AN ACCOUNTANT who gave two false names to gardaí when he was stopped for drink driving and then claimed he was unable to provide a breath sample had already been twice banned from the road when he was caught, Judge Flann Brennan heard last week.

Sean Kiernan (41), Ashwood Road, Clondalkin, was stopped by gardaí on traffic duty at Heynestown, Dundalk, on June 2 because he was driving erratically.

He initially told gardaí he was a 'David Keogh' from Ballyjamesduff and at the station, following his arrest on suspicion of drink driving, said he was 'David Quinn from Clondalkin' but gardaí were able to determine that he was really Sean Kiernan.

He was asked to provide a breath sample, but claimed he couldn't because he had a chest condition. A urine sample showed Kiernan was over the limit. He had no driving licence or insurance.

Kiernan has previously been disqualified from driving for four years and again for six years.

Solicitor Patrick Branigan said his client had not come to garda attention since this incident but said the court would be concerned by the fact that Kiernan had already received 200 hours community service three weeks before he was caught this time.

Mr. Branigan said Kiernan had 'gone through a long period of struggling with alcohol but this had been 'a wake-up call' after his marriage had fallen apart. He is a qualified accountant and is 'still the bread winner'.

He has diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and is attending AA. Kiernan's employer has been very supportive of him and have a policy in place to deal with employee difficulties like this.

Kiernan has also been accepted onto a course at Griffith College.

Judge Brennan remanded Kiernan on continuing bail, telling the defendant that he has to address his drink problem. He said he would 'find a way of dealing with the case' without imposing a sentence, but warned the defendant he would have no options left if he got into trouble before July 16, when the case was adjourned to.

The Argus

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