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Sunday 24 September 2017

Comic Byrne charged with two more driving offences

Jason Byrne
Jason Byrne

Stand-Up comedian Jason Byrne has been charged with further motoring offences after making a second appearance before Swords District Court in three months.

Byrne (45) was charged before the court by a member of the Garda Traffic Unit with driving without insurance on the R122 on June 13 near his home in Oldtown village, Co Dublin.

He is further charged with failing to produce insurance on the same date. He has already been charged with driving without a licence on the same date.

The prosecuting garda told the court that he further charged Byrne yesterday and handed him a true copy of the charge sheet.

Byrne made no reply after caution, he said.

The officer said he had no objection to bail being extended to cover the new charge sheets.

The court previously heard that Byrne was arrested at 3.10pm on June 13 in Oldtown and taken to Swords Garda Station.

Sporting a beard and dressed in a black T-shirt, wearing black jeans and carrying a black backpack, Byrne sat at the back of the courtroom yesterday before his case was heard.

Plead

When the comedian's name was called, he stood in the centre of the courtroom with his hands behind his back as defence barrister Patrick Jackson addressed the judge.

Mr Jackson requested the case be put back to a later date for a plea or to fix a date for the hearing of the case.

He said he confirmed September 26 with the prosecution, which Judge Dermot Dempsey granted.

Byrne has not yet indicated how he will plead.

The popular entertainer is touring Ireland and the UK next month with his stand-up show The Man With Three Brains.

He performed to a packed comedy tent at last weekend's Electric Picnic festival at Stradbally.

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