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Thursday 26 April 2018

Motorist abusive to garda had no car tax

A MOTORIST told a garda to "stick the car up her a*se" after she said she was seizing it for non-payment of road tax, a court has heard.

James Whelan (22) drove off from a checkpoint and gardai had to send a tow truck to his house to remove his car.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a one month sentence suspended for one year.

The defendant, of Hampton Woods in Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to failing to stop for gardai as well as threatening and abusive behaviour, driving without road tax or an NCT certificate at Moylaragh Road in Balbriggan shortly before 2pm on February 18.

Garda Louise Gernon said she was operating a vehicle checkpoint when she saw Whelan's vehicle turn out of Hampton Woods on to Moylaragh Road.

Gda Gernon said she realised the road tax and NCT certificate were out of date on the car, and told Whelan she was going to seize it. The garda said Whelan told her: "You're not getting nothing. Stick the car up your a*se".

He also told her a number of times to "f**k off" and she could "get the f**king car outside the house".

Gda Gernon said Whelan tried to drive off from the scene, and she had called a tow truck to his house to remove the vehicle.

Whelan apologised in court to the garda.

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Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Whelan was addicted to benzodiazepines, also called calmers, at the time and he was coming off the drug which made him very irritable, and as a result he reacted badly to gardai.

He added the jobless father-of-three is hoping to improve his literacy skills and aims to complete his Junior Certificate in the next year.

As well as the suspended jail term, Judge Dempsey imposed a fine of €600 and banned him from driving for three months.

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