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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Road racer fined for refusing to say who rode bike over pitch

Derek Costello
Derek Costello

Road racer Derek Costello has been fined €200 for refusing to tell gardai who rode his scrambler bike across playing fields.

Costello (40) was seen going into his home with the man, who had ridden the bike at speed across playing fields where children were training.

He declined to tell gardai who the biker was when they called at his house.

Costello suffered serious head and upper body injur- ies in August 2011 when he crashed during the Dundrod 150 meeting, which is part of the annual Ulster Grand Prix festival.

The defendant, of Mourne View, Skerries, admitted failing to disclose information to gardai when he appeared before Swords District Court.

Judge Cormac Dunne fined him €200.

Speed

Gda Robbie O'Rourke said gardai received a report from a member of the public that a scrambler bike was being ridden at speed around the football pitches at Mourne View at 11am on September 18 last year.

Gda O'Rourke said there were young children training on the pitches at the time of the incident.

He said the member of the public followed the bike and saw it go into Costello's property.

Gda O'Rourke called there and told Costello to disclose who was riding the bike.

The garda said that Costello declined to do so.

Gda O'Rourke said Costello was not riding the bike but it belonged to him and he was seen accompanying the rider into the house.

The court heard that the defendant has never been in trouble before.

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