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Glenda's brother overtook on white line at school as mums collected kids

THE brother of model Glenda Gilson has admitted careless driving after he was caught overtaking other motorists as they dropped their children off to school.

Damien Gilson (34) a car dealer, was fined €300 for the incident that happened on the approach to a school in Blanchardstown.

The accused, of Ongar Road, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty to the offence after a judge allowed the prosecuting garda to reduce the charge from one of dangerous driving.

The incident happened at Diswellstown Road, Blanchardstown on April 22, 2008.

Garda Vincent Reynolds told Dublin District Court he was on duty in the area and saw people "dropping their kids off to school".

The accused drove up behind them in a black BMW and overtook the traffic on a continuous white line.

When stopped and questioned, Gilson could give no excuse for his driving.

He had one previous conviction for assault causing harm in 2003, but had a clean driving record with no penalty points recorded against him, the court heard.

Gilson had not come to the attention of the gardai since the careless driving incident, his lawyer said.

"He accepts fully that his actions were wrong on the morning," the accused's lawyer said. "He apologises for that and doesn't attempt to make any excuse for his actions. He is involved in the motor industry and his driving licence is very important to him."

The court heard Gilson was prepared to make a donation to charity to avoid a conviction.

Judge Bryan Smyth said he would fine the accused "in all the circumstances" and fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

aphelan@herald.ie


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