CF sufferer 'realises the danger' of driving incident
A cystic fibrosis sufferer who drove a car without the owner's permission and without insurance understood how "dangerous" the situation had been, a court heard.
Dylan Mooney (20) had just taken steroids for his medical condition on the day of the off- ences and could not remember the incident, his lawyer said.
Judge David McHugh left him without convictions when he admitted charges arising from the episode, which happened near his home in west Dublin.
Mooney, with an address at Westway View, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to un- authorised taking of a car and uninsured driving at nearby Westway Garth last October 28.
He also admitted resisting a female garda at Westway View on the same date.
Blanchardstown District Court heard the accused had pleaded guilty to the charges on a previous date, when details of the case were heard by the judge.
Mooney had two previous convictions for minor road traffic offences.
Defence solicitor John O'Doherty handed in a letter and medical reports to the judge and said Mooney's parents and girlfriend were present in court to support him.
He told the judge the accused was suffering from cystic fibrosis.
"What's his lung capacity at the moment?" Judge McHugh asked. Mr O'Doherty conferred with Mooney and replied that it was 39pc.
The judge then asked what the "occasion" was that the accused found it necessary to drive without insurance.
Mooney had taken steroids for his condition on the day and "can't really recall the incident", Mr O'Doherty said.
"He realises how dangerous it is given his medical situation," Mr O'Doherty added. "He has not been in trouble since."
"I am with you in relation to the matter," the judge said, and imposed the Probation Act.