Tuesday 23 January 2018

Nun's car joyrider faces return to jail

crashed: Youth 'failed to respond to probation officer'

A YOUTH who crashed a nun's car into a parked vehicle -- sending it through the front of a house -- could have his suspended sentence reactivated.

Owen Gaffney (21) may have to serve the 18 months of a three-year sentence that were previously suspended, after he failed to abide by the terms of the suspension.

Gaffney crashed a nun's car into a parked vehicle sending it through the front of a house in June 2008. He wrote off the Toyota Starlet at a cost of €2,500 to the owner and caused €3,624 and €2,900 worth of damage to the parked car and house.

Gaffney, from Basin Street Flats, Kilmainham, pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage at Harcourt Lodge, Dublin 8, unlawful use of a car, two charges of dangerous driving and driving without insurance on June 28, 2008.

He had 23 previous convictions which included assault and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car.

At his original sentence hearing Garda Andrew Brady said that he saw Gaffney driving the Starlet the wrong way down James's Avenue at speed and noticed there were four people in the vehicle.

Gaffney drove through two sets of red lights, forcing other motorists to take evasive action.

Garda Brady said that Gaffney drove straight into the back of a parked car which in turn crashed into the front of a nearby house.


Judge Katherine Delahunt on October 6, 2009 imposed a three-year sentence with the last 18 months suspended and ordered that he abide by probation supervision on his release. The sentence was backdated to take into account time he had spent in custody and he was released in December 2009.

Mr Brian Horgan, probation officer, yesterday told Gerardine Small, prosecuting, that Gaffney had been assessed for The Bridge Project and was sent three letters for appointments between January 5 and 26, 2010 but failed to appear.

Mr Horgan said that an attempt was made to contact him by phone on February 10 last but no contact was made and he had failed to respond to any requests to attend for appointment. Judge Delahunt remanded Gaffney on continuing bail until Monday when she will decide the case.


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