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Needle-fear nurse fined for refusing blood test

A NURSE who refused a blood test for drink-driving, saying he had a phobia of needles, has been fined €1,000.

Patrick McCaffrey (36) was also banned from driving for four years after being found guilty of not supplying a sample at Swords Garda Station.

The defendant had told Swords District Court that he had had a fear of needles since he was a child, and using needles as part of his job as a nurse was different to having a needle inserted into his arm.

Judge Patrick Brady said the offence was one of strict liability, and McCaffrey was aware of his obligation.

McCaffrey, of Seaview Park in Portrane, previously denied that he refused to provide a blood or urine sample to gardai.

Garda Amanda King stopped the defendant on suspicion of drunken driving on Malahide Road, Swords, shortly after 3am on September 14.

McCaffrey, a separated father of two, said he offered to provide a breath specimen and waited two hours to give a urine sample. By the time a doctor arrived at the station, he had used the toilet and he could not urinate.