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Sunday 20 January 2019

Mulligan accused of not giving sample

FORMER Tyrone football star and BBC pundit Owen Mulligan is due to appear in court again charged with refusing to give a blood or urine sample to gardai after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

The three-times All-Ireland winner and GAA pundit for BBC Northern Ireland was arrested in Listowel, Co Kerry, where he had been attending the wedding of former teammate Michael Coleman to the 2011 New York Rose Erin Loughran.

Mulligan was not present when the case came before Listowel District Court, but was represented by solicitor John O'Dwyer, the son of GAA legend Mick O' Dwyer.

Mulligan (inset), of Cookstown, Co Tyrone, is accused of refusing to give a blood or urine sample to gardai when he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Listowel on August 29.

At the brief court hearing, Judge James O'Connor asked if the defendant was "the Owen Mulligan of Tyrone football", to which his solicitor responded: "I presume it is."

Mr O'Dwyer said the Fr Rocks player was unable to attend the court sitting due to a personal matter.

"I can assure the court he will be in attendance on the next date," Mr O'Dwyer said.

Judge O'Connor remanded him on continuing bail to appear in court later this year, and directed the State to release its documents relating to the case to Mr Mulligan's defence.

If convicted, the sportsman faces being disqualified from driving for four years as the charge carries an automatic ban for first-time offenders.

Mulligan is no stranger to Kerry, having struck up strong friendships through football.

He was also part of the star-studded line-up at Kerry star Tadhg Kennelly's wedding reception in the town in 2012.

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