“I’m going to keep him under close observation until December 18. If he reoffends he will go to prison,” said Judge Kevin P Kilrane prior to adjourning matters against Craig Cassells, Gorlough, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Mr Cassells appeared before last week’s sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon charged with drink driving, failure to produce insurance, no driving licence and taking a vehicle without permission at Aughrim South, Carrick-on-Shannon on January 10, 2018.
Giving summary evidence against Mr Cassells, Insp Denis Harrington informed the Court the injured party went to the home of the defendant having left her car keys in the side panel of the door.
After a number of hours she noticed her car was gone. The car was discovered crashed and Mr Cassells was in possession of the keys.
Insp Harrington added the complaint of the car being stolen was made after the crash.
The court heard Mr Cassells’ breath revealed an alcohol level of 64mg/100ml.
Insp Harrington added that the defendant, who has 11 previous convictions, co-operated fully with Gardaí.
Defending solicitor Martin Burke said the defendant, “Had a very difficult background and upbringing.”
Mr Burke explained the young lady called to the house for the purpose of selling a puppy and they engaged in drinking.
“It was a foolish mistake to take the car,” Mr Burke stated, adding the defendant has a “Long history of drug use.”
Judge Kilrane ruled as outlined.