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Saturday 18 August 2018

Pair face trial over alleged boozed-up Liffey boat chase

Ronan Stephens pleaded not guilty
Ronan Stephens pleaded not guilty

Two men charged over an all-eged drunken boat chase on the Liffey will go on trial in January.

Emergency services were alerted to an incident at about 6am on June 1 last year, when a boat left its mooring at a south Dublin sailing club.

After a pursuit on the river, it was brought to a halt and two Dublin men were later arrested.

Brian Stacey (45), of Derry Drive, Crumlin, and Ronan Stephens (41), of Captain's Road, Crumlin, face charges under the Maritime Safety Act and the Public Order Act.

They have pleaded not guilty, and appeared again at Dublin District Court yesterday.

Judge Fiona Lydon was told a garda witness could not att-end after having been injured on duty earlier this week, and the prosecution asked for an adjournment.

Mr Stacey's solicitor, Michael Kelleher, applied for a strike-out, telling the court the case had been going on for some time and was a great source of worry for his client.

Lifeboat

Brian Stacey pleaded not guilty
Brian Stacey pleaded not guilty

Mr Stephens' counsel also asked for proceedings to be struck-out.

However, Judge Lydon refused and ordered that the trial take place next year.

The pair were charged with being under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop for gardai at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club while operating a boat, navigating without due care and attention, endangerment of a lifeboat crew and breach of the peace.

At their first court appearance last year, Gda Paul Moody said the incident began in the early hours and was still going on when he took up duty at 7am. Mr Stacey was arrested at 8.25am at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club.

It was alleged the incident happened at the Shipping Lane of the River Liffey at the East Link Bridge. Mr Stacey "made no reply" when charged.

Gda Patrick Collins told the court that Mr Stephens, who was arrested at Sir John Rogerson's Quay, also "made no reply" when he was charged.

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