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Monday 16 July 2018

'You won't convict me, I'll cause havoc', biker in crash told garda

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A motorcyclist who was thrown off his bike and injured after he collided with two cars later told gardai in hospital they would not convict him in court and he would "cause havoc".

Derek Lennon (32) was seen "flying" around a corner before he crashed into a parked car, but denied driving - despite being found hurt on the ground seconds later.

Lennon, a father-of-one from Downpatrick Road, Crumlin, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance and refusing to give gardai his details.

Judge Bryan Smyth found him guilty and ordered him to carry out 90 hours of community service instead of four months in jail.

He also banned him from driving for six years and fined him €200.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at the junction of Corrib Road and Rathdown Court, a cul-de-sac in Terenure, at 2.15pm on March 22, 2016.

The accused was lying on a stretcher being attended to by paramedics when Garda Lee Hunt arrived.

Damaged

A Suzuki motorbike on the ground was damaged, as were two parked cars.

When asked who had been driving the motorbike, Lennon told Gda Hunt to "f**k off".

He said he owned the bike and that he had bought it "off a Polish guy", who he claimed had been driving.

He was taken by ambulance to St James's Hospital where the garda again spoke to him.

"He saw me and pretended to go to sleep," Gda Hunt said.

He then told Lennon he had already seen him awake and asked again who was driving.

"He sat up on the stretcher in the hallway and said, 'You won't convict me in court, I'll cause havoc'," Gda Hunt said.

Niall Fitzgerald, a resident, said he was driving out and saw the motorcycle come "flying around the corner," cutting across the road and crashing into a parked car.

"It looked like he had trouble steering it," he added.

The motorbike went into the air and he saw the driver lying on the ground, "quite hysterical".

Lennon's lawyer argued that bike going out of control was not the accused's fault, as it was a defective vehicle, the brakes failed and he "lost control".

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