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A BENCH warrant was issued at Wednesday’s sitting of Gorey District Court for a defendant who failed to appear.

Bench warrant

Haley Doyle-Phelan 47 Oakwood, Gorey, was due to appear before Judge Marie Conneely to answer charges of being drunk in public and with obstructing a garda in the execution of their duty at Oakwood, Gorey, on May 21, this year.

When the defendant failed to appear in court, Sergeant Victor Isdell told the judge “she has never turned up in court since the first time so I would seek a bench warrant”.

The judge granted the request and ordered a bench warrant to issue.

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Driver parked on double yellows

A fine was handed to Gorey man for a parking charge during a sitting of Arklow District Court on Wednesday, October 20.

James Reid, Bolabradda, Ballylarkin, Inch, Co Wexford, was not in court to answer a charge of parking on double yellow lines at Main Street, Arklow on December 3, 2020.

The court heard on the day in question at 6.40 p.m., a car was observed parked on double yellow lines outside the AIB branch on Main Street. The car was empty and a fixed penalty notice was issued.

The driver then returned and said he had been dropping shoes to a charity shop. Reid had no previous convictions.

Judge David Kennedy imposed a fine of €175 with two months to pay.

Request for warrant denied

A REQUEST for a bench warrant to be issued for a defendant who failed to appear in court was denied at Gorey District Court.

Keith Howe, 37 St Catherine’s Close, Carman’s Hall, Dublin 8, was due to appear before Judge Kevin Staunton to answer a charge of theft at Pettitt’s SuperValu, Main Street, Gorey, on July 18, 2020.

When the defendant failed to appear, Sergeant Gary Raynor requested a bench warrant to be issued, however, Judge Staunton then commented: “It’s an extremely minor matter.”

“I will give it a date for hearing and he has to be notified by the gardaí about that date,” said the judge.

“It’s a minor matter,” he added.

The case was then adjourned for hearing to February 23, 2022, with the gardaí to notify the accused and the matter was also marked peremptory against the defendant.