Mum 'delighted' son has been put off road
THE MOTHER of a teenager who refused to provide a breath specimen to gardai has said she is glad he has been put off the road so he can "mature" and grow up.
Robert Conroy (19) had four cans of beer and was driving over to a friend's house when he crashed into a kerb.
He was taken to Blanchardstown Garda Station but refused to provide a sample.
Judge David McHugh fined Conroy €100 and banned him from driving for four years.
The defendant, with an address at Castleknock Glade in Castleknock, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to refusing to provide a breath specimen to gardai at Blanchardstown Garda Station on November 1 last.
The court heard that Conroy was arrested shortly after 2am after the 2001-registered vehicle he was driving crashed into a kerb.
Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Conroy, who is not working, lives at home with his parents.
He has never been in trouble before.
In relation to the incident, Mr MacLoughlin said Conroy had four cans and then decided to drive over to a friend's house.
The court heard that Conroy's mother was delighted her son was going to be off the road for the next few years as it will give him an opportunity to "mature".
Judge McHugh assigned defence solicitor Mark O'Sulliivan on free legal aid.