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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Slightly' over-limit driver appeals jail sentence

Glen Massey had a previous conviction for drink driving
Glen Massey had a previous conviction for drink driving

A single father-of-two who crashed a car while "slightly" over the drink-drive limit has been jailed for three months, but is appealing the sentence.

Glen Massey (38) had the sentence handed down after Judge David McHugh refused to suspend it.

Massey immediately took up bail pending his appeal.

Blanchardstown District Court heard Massey was already under a driving ban when he got behind the wheel and collided with another car.

Judge McHugh had put a stay on the prison sentence to give him time to make arrangements for the care of his children.

When the case came back before Blanchardstown District Court, his barrister, Jennifer Jackson, asked the judge to reconsider and suspend the sentence. The judge refused, and also banned Massey from driving for two years and fined him €300.

The accused, of Peyton Court, Rathcoole, had pleaded guilty to uninsured and drink-driving at Newcastle Road last December 7.

The court heard previously that there was a minor accident and he had driven into the back of another car at a roundabout.

Argument

Massey was sitting at the wheel and admitted driving.

He had a previous conviction for drink-driving and another for attempting to a drive a vehicle while under the influence.

Massey and his then-partner had an argument on the day and she wanted to take the car. He was moving it around the corner when the accident happened.

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