Saturday 16 December 2017

Accused duo told to stay off Liffey after 'naked boat chase' arrests

Ronan Stephens. Photo: Collins
Ronan Stephens. Photo: Collins

Two men accused of being drunk during a boat chase on the River Liffey early yesterday have been granted bail.

Emergency crews were called to an incident at 6am after a pleasure craft was taken from its mooring at a south Dublin sailing club.

Following a chase on the Liffey, the boat was brought to a halt. Two men from the city were arrested and taken to Irishtown Garda station.

One was naked when he was detained at Sir John Rogerson's Quay.


Brian Stacey (44) of Derry Drive and Ronan Stephens (40) from Captain's Road, both Crumlin, face seven charges under the Maritime Safety Act, the Theft and Fraud law and Public Order Act.

They appeared before Judge Michael Walsh at Dublin District Court yesterday evening and were given bail.

The pair were ordered not to take part in any boating on the river - unless they have received permission in writing from gardai and Dublin's harbourmaster.

They are accused of being intoxicated and failing to stop for officers at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club while operating the vessel. They are also charged with stealing an €11,000 boat, navigating without due care and attention, endangering an RNLI lifeboat crew at the Shipping Lane on the Liffey, trespassing at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club and breach of the peace.

There was no objection to bail under the conditions set and the men have not yet indicated how they will plead.

Garda Paul Moody said Mr Stacey "made no reply" when he was charged. He said that the incident began in the early hours and was still running when he started his shift at 7am. Mr Stacey was arrested at 8.25 am at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.

Brian Stacey. Photo: Collins
Brian Stacey. Photo: Collins

He said that the incident was alleged to have unfolded in the Shipping Lane of the Liffey at the East Link Bridge approach to the city centre.

Judge Walsh granted legal aid and ordered them to appear again on June 15.

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