Court briefs

Six-month sentence imposed

A YOUNG man whose ‘life has been blighted by alcohol’ was sentenced to six months in prison at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

Evan O’Shaughnessy who has an address in Kilkenny city but is currently in custody admitted to failing to appear in court when remanded on bail to do so. At the time there was a suspended sentence imposed on him and Judge William Harnett imposed the sentence at Kilkenny District Court last Thursday.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client’s ‘young life had been blighted by alcohol abuse’. “He is currently in custody until June and is in contact with a third level educational facility in Maynooth. He is a smart young man and alcohol has cost him dearly,” his solicitor said.

Judge Harnett told the court that the only way to deal with the defendant was to impose the six-month sentence which he did.

Three-year ban for drunk driver

A DEFENDANT who was convicted of driving while over the legal limit of alcohol was fined 350 euro and banned from driving for three years at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

Laurence Alyward, 7 Whites Castle, Knocktopher was convicted of the offence at Ballinamona, Knocktopher on November 16, 2009.

Driver almost collided with pedestrian

A FEMALE driver who struck a car only minutes after ‘nearly colliding’ with a pedestrian was banned from driving for one year and fined 450 euro at Kilkenny District Court.

Ann Farrell, Donaguile, Castlecomer admitted the offences of drink driving and to failing to keep her vehicle near or at the scene of an accident at Parliament Street on May 23, 2010.

The court heard that shortly before 1am on the morning in question gardai who were attending a public order incident in the vicinity heard a collision and saw a car hit the rear of a taxi. Gardai spoke to the female driver and ‘smelt intoxicating licquor’ from her.Evidence was also given that minutes earlier the defendant had been involved in a incident on High Street where her vehicle almost collided with a pedestrian.

The court heard that the defendant, a 52-year old lone parent had drink taken at the time and was driving a car that was not hers.

Disqualified from driving for no insurance

GETTING behind the wheel without a valid insurance policy proved to be a costly oversight for one driver at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

David Dunne, 70 Old Callan Road, Kilkenny was convicted of the offence at Main Street, Graignamanagh on May 28, 2009.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan told the court that his client was a 21-year-old who was in receipt of a disability allowance and had a number of previous convictions. Judge William Harnett fined him 300 euro and banned him from driving for two years.