Viper's wife walks free after summons struck out
The wife of veteran criminal Martin 'The Viper' Foley was celebrating yesterday after an allegation of providing false information to gardai was withdrawn.
Sonia Foley (41) left court with a clean record after a garda asked for the summons to be struck out.
Her husband was in jubilant mood and smiled and gestured at photographers when the couple walked out. Mrs Foley had always denied the charge.
The case had been due for hearing before Blanchardstown District Court yesterday.
However, when it was called before Judge Miriam Walsh, gardai asked for the matter to be struck out, leaving Mrs Foley without a conviction.
She was alleged to have nominated Shane Rodgers, of Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, as the individual who was driving her vehicle when a fixed penalty notice was issued.
It was claimed she nominated Mr Rodgers as the driver in the nomination section of the fixed penalty notice.
The incident allegedly took place at her home on Cashel Avenue, Crumlin, last July 26.
Gardai had said this information was false and Mr Rodgers had not been driving. Judge Walsh struck out the summons, following a request by gardai.
The judge assigned defence solicitor James MacGuill on free legal aid after she heard the case had been due for hearing.
Afterwards, Mrs Foley and her husband laughed and joked outside the court.
Foley was one of Ireland's most notorious criminals and has been shot on four separate occasions.
He was married to Pauline, who died in 2003. He has two adult daughters from that marriage. He and Sonia were married in 2013, and had a daughter in 2015.