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Accused Rune Skinnarland. Photo: Collins Courts

Accused Rune Skinnarland. Photo: Collins Courts

Accused Rune Skinnarland. Photo: Collins Courts

Extra charges are to be brought against a Norwegian businessman accused of taking a bin lorry on a nude drink-driving rampage in Dublin.

Rune Skinnarland (55) had been in the city for a business trip before he allegedly got into the lorry and drove it into the door of a shop and an apartment building, causing thousands of euro worth of damage last September 4.

Mr Skinnarland, whose address was given as a hotel in Dublin, had been granted bail after he lodged €2,000.

He was excused from attending his third hearing at Dublin District Court yesterday when the case was listed for the directions of the DPP.

Mr Skinnarland was charged with unauthorised use of a truck belonging to a waste company, drink driving in it and causing criminal damage to the vehicle's passenger door, back bumper and front passenger sidelight.

He was also charged with three other offences of criminal damage; to the front gate at the entrance of an apartment building's lobby, the wooden frame of the front door of a Dealz shop and a steel path bollard.

Shocked

The offences are all alleged to have happened at Liffey Street Lower.

One charge of criminal damage to a shopfront was dropped but two fresh charges are to be brought when the case continues in three months.

Judge Bryan Smyth remanded Mr Skinnarland on continuing bail in his absence to appear again on May 5.

Earlier, the court heard gardai arrested the accused and brought him to Store Street Garda Station.

His reply to one of the charges was "I'm shocked" and he made no reply to the rest.

Mr Skinnarland told the court through his barrister that he had no memory of the events and thought his drink might have been spiked.

He said he went back to his hotel and "next thing he wakes up naked on the street".