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Gardaí suspected Balbriggan driver was ‘under the influence’ as they watched him try to park

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Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court

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A 50-year-old man who almost collided with other vehicles as he was attempting to park has been sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

Adelani Afinowi previously pleaded guilty to driving or attempting to drive a mechanically propelled vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant at Drogheda Street, Balbriggan.

The defendant, of Bremore Pastures Crescent, Balbriggan, also admitted engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour and obstruction arising out of the incident on February 5, 2022.

Judge John O’Leary sentenced Afinowi to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a 12 month prison sentence after a report from the probation services recommended he was a suitable candidate.

The judge warned the defendant he was “skating on very thin ice” but said he would follow Judge Deirdre Gearty’s recommendation of community service given Afinowi’s positive engagement with the probation services.

Balbriggan District Court previously heard the defendant was observed driving a black Mercedes which he stalled a number of times before narrowly avoiding a collision with passing vehicles shortly before 10pm at Drogheda Street, Balbriggan.

Gardaí formed the opinion he was under the influence of an intoxicant, however as they attempted to arrest him the accused became aggressive and resisted arrest by gardaí.

Afinowi has six previous convictions, including drink driving.

Defence barrister Fiona Kelly said Afinowi was “deeply apologetic” for his behaviour to the extent that of his own volition he had a letter of apology to gardaí.

She said the accused cannot work as he is a carer for his wife, who has a number of health conditions.

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Ms Kelly accepted that the defendant’s record is “abysmal” but appealed to the court not to incarcerate him and instead consider community service or a suspended sentence.

Judge Deirdre Gearty said Afinowi condemned Afinowi’s “wreckless behaviour” but said she didn’t believe putting him in jail was the answer.

She adjourned the case to allow time to see if the defendant was suitable for community service.


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