Monday 18 December 2017

'Total disregard' for insurance law


A MOTORCYCLIST charged with a series of motoring offences who asked to be given bail so he could find a home for his dogs, was remanded in custody by Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla at Wexford District Court.

Colin Sutton, 32 Barr na Halla, Rosslare Harbour is charged with offences including dangerous driving, no insurance, no licence and driving while disqualified.

He appeared in custody before Judge O Buachalla on Monday when his solicitor Eva Lalor asked for probation and medical reports to be prepared. He had been arrested a week earlier.

Inspector Pat McDonald said the defendant had ' total disregard' for the need to be insured. He had a motorbike and the Inspector said he was concerned that if he was given bail, he would straight back out and get on it again.

Ms. Lalor said he was willing to give a sworn undertaking that he would not drive.

She said her client has certain medical difficulties and she wished to secure some evidence of them to put before the court. ' This young man does have quite a difficult background,' she said.

Judge O Buachalla pointed out that two bench warrants had been issued against the defendant.

Ms. Lalor said both of them were issued on the same day a week earlier and had been executed a few days later.

'I'm afraid it's going to have to be a remand in custody,' said the Judge.

The defendant said he would just like a few days to get a home for his dogs and sort things out. 'Everything I have will be gone,' he added.

Ms. Lalor said the defendant lived in rented accommodation. He feared that all his possessions would be gone and that his dogs would be put down.

Garda Robert Aylward said he was sure family members would be able to look after matters for him.

The Garda outlined one incident in which the defendant was involved.

On May 31, he took off on his motorbike at speed when he saw a patrol car at the Bank of Ireland car park in Rosslare Harbour. Garda Aylward activated the siren but he failed to stop and drove through the village without any consideration for himself, the gardai or other road users.

Garda Aylward said the defendant came to live in Rosslare Harbour two months ago and since then there had been numerous complaints about the manner of his driving on the motorbike.

He said the gardai went to his home and the defendant ran into a neighbouring house. He became quite aggressive and was handcuffed and brought to Wexford Garda Station.

He was subsequently remanded to Enniscorthy District Court but failed to appear.

Garda Aylward told the court that the defendant had previous convictions for traffic offences, criminal damage and the possession of knives.

Judge O Buachalla remanded him in custody to June 27 and directed that probation and medical reports be prepared.

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