Wednesday 29 January 2020

Driver with 'considerable' level of alcohol struck a garden wall

Marc Heraty was given a one-month suspended sentence. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Marc Heraty was given a one-month suspended sentence. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

An IT worker crashed into the front garden wall of a house while he was drink-driving, a court has heard.

Marc Heraty (31) had a "considerable" level of alcohol in his system when he smashed his car in north Dublin.

Judge David McHugh fined him €200, gave him a one-month sentence, suspended for a year, and banned him from driving for three years.

Father-of-one Heraty, of Ranelagh Village, admitted drink-driving, criminal damage and having no licence.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the incident happened at Hadleigh Court, Castleknock, on June 13.

The prosecuting garda said he arrested the defendant and took him to Blanchardstown Garda Station, where he provided a breath sample.

This tested at 114mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.


Heraty had no previous convictions and had been "exceptionally co-operative" with gardai.

The value of the damage to the resident's wall had not been ascertained, but Heraty had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, his solicitor said.

The court heard the damage to the wall would be covered by insurance. The car Heraty was driving was also damaged.

It was a "very serious matter on a number of fronts", the judge said.

The first was that Heraty had a "considerable level of alcohol" and the second was that he crashed into a front garden wall at the private residence of a family, "which shows how serious this was", especially "had there been anyone in the front garden" at the time.

Heraty accepted this and had undergone therapy for alcohol use.

He had been "shaken" by what happened and had taken it very seriously, his solicitor added.

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