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Gangster stages 'botched assassination attempt in bid to get bail conditions changed'

Gangster stages 'botched assassination attempt in bid to get bail conditions changed'

Gangster stages 'botched assassination attempt in bid to get bail conditions changed'

A DRUNK and dangerous learner driver who crashed his car on the M50 and fled the scene is lucky to be alive, a judge said.

Ciaran Morris (24) was given a five-month suspended sentence when he admitted multiple motoring charges.

Judge David McHugh said his car had been like a "loaded gun" and he could have killed somebody.

He suspended the sentence for a year, banned him from driving for two years and fined him €200.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Morris had been severely depressed at the time.

Judge McHugh said he would have imposed a jail term if not for Morris's psychiatric problems.

Morris, a security guard and father-of-one of Tamarisk Heights, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to drunk and dangerous driving at the M50, Clondalkin, last August 31.

He also admitted allowing his car to remain on the motorway after an accident and failing to notify gardai.

absconded

The court heard that after the crash, Morris absconded from the scene and was later apprehended.

He was on a provisional licence at the time and tested over the alcohol limit.

Morris was in a severe state of depression and "desperation" at the time of the incident, his barrister Jennifer Jackson told the court.

The prosecuting garda agreed the accused was "not of sound mind" at the time.

Reading a psychiatric report, Judge McHugh said it referred to "deliberate self-harm".

Morris was on medication, living with his parents and seeing a counsellor every week. He was not using any drugs or alcohol.

The loss of his licence would make things difficult for him, Ms Jackson said.

Judge McHugh said that for someone like the accused to get into a car after drinking was "the equivalent of a loaded gun".

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