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Saturday 17 August 2019

Outspoken Sludds facing time in jail

A COUNTY Wexford man who failed to sign a peace bond could face seven months in jail.

In early September Bobby Oliver Sludds, of 11 Ballagh Cove, The Ballagh, was convicted on two counts of driving without insurance.

The outspoken defendant, pictured right, who dismissed the State as a 'fictional entity' and claimed that Garda evidence was 'falsified', was given suspended sentences of three and four months respectively.

They were suspended on the basis that Sludds enter a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for two years.

Sludds indicated to Judge William Early that he intended to consider whether to sign the bond or not, though failing to do so would mean that the suspended sentences could be activated.

The defendant – who prefers to be known as Bobby of the family Sludds (he also dismissed 'Bobby Oliver Sludds' as a 'fictional entity') – subsequently failed to sign the bond in the seven days he was given to make up his mind.

It's understood he eventually turned up at Wexford District Court headquarters in Ardcavan to sign it two days after the deadline.

He then could no longer sign the bond that been originally prepared when he was convicted of the motoring offences and had to formally apply to the court to enter a new bond, which he did, to avoid a prison term. However, he then failed to appear at Wexford District Court on Monday of last week, where his application was due to be heard. Judge Gerard Haughton put the case back to later in the day when Sludds was not present when his application was first called, but his application to enter the bond was eventually struck out by the judge when it became clear that Sludds would not be showing up.

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