Break-up leads to court case

Sinead Kelleher

A relationship break-up led a young Cahersiveen man to commit a number of road-traffic offences, including drink driving and dangerous driving, Cahersiveen District Court was told last week.

Before the court was Jeremiah Moran of Direen, Cahersiveen, who was charged with driving with excess alcohol and dangerous driving at Rusheen and Carhan Lower, Cahersiveen, on the same date in March 2018. 

He was also charged with another offence of driving with excess alcohol at Aghatubrid, Cahersiveen, and with driving with no insurance and failing to remain at the scene of an accident. 

The court heard that Mr Moran has previous convictions  for the sale and supply of drugs and that he had committed some of the new offences while on a suspended from his previous drug charges. 

His solicitor, Padraig O'Connell, said that Mr Moran is from a good background and that all this related to a relationship break-up.

"He suffered psychological issues as a result of the break-up," he said, adding that "at one point in time he drank for 12 days in a row" because of these issues. 

He told the court that Mr Moran was addressing his issues and seeing a counsellor to help him do so. Judge Waters said that if Mr Moran's new charges were related to drugs, he would be going to jail. 

"The only reason the suspended sentence is not invoked is because they are different offences," Judge Waters said. He adjourned the  case to November to allow Mr Moran to work with the probation services and said that if he did so he would have "little to fear".

But if he doesn't co-operate, he is in danger of going to jail.