Alleged garda assault victim faces jail

A youth who was at the centre of a recent high profile trial faces possible reactivation of a partially suspended sentence for dangerous driving after he failed to abide by the terms of the suspension.

A youth who was at the centre of a recent high profile trial faces possible reactivation of a partially suspended sentence for dangerous driving after he failed to abide by the terms of the suspension.

Eoin Gaffney (aged 21) crashed a nun’s car into a parked vehicle sending it through the front of a house in June 2008. He wrote the Toyota Starlet off at a cost of €2,500 to the owner and caused €3,624 and €2,900 to the parked car and house.

Gaffney, of Basin Street Flats, Kilmainham, pleaded guilty to three charges of criminal damage at Harcourt Lodge, Dublin 8, unlawful use of a car, two charges of dangerous driving and driving without insurance on June 28, 2008.

He had 23 previous convictions which included assault and allowing himself to be carried in a stolen car.

Judge Katherine Delahunt on October 6, 2009 imposed a three-year sentence with the last 18 months suspended and ordered that he abide by probation supervision on his release. The sentence was backdated to take into account time he had spent in custody and he was released in December 2009.

Mr Brian Horgan, probation officer, today told Ms Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that Gaffney had been assessed for The Bridge Project and was sent three letters for appointments between January 5 and 26, 2010 but failed to appear on any occasion.

Mr Horgan said that an attempt was made to contact him by phone on February 10 last but no contact was made and he had failed to respond to any requests to attend for appointment.

Defence counsel, Mr John Fitzerald, said Gaffney had no excuse and accepts he should have kept the appointments but his father had died while he was in custody and on his release he just wanted to put it behind him.

He said that more recently Gaffney had been at the centre of a very highly publicised trial and “had a lot going on.” He said Gaffney was “receiving a lot of media attention” and put his head into the sand about this case.

He said if he was given another chance by The Probation Service he would fully co-operate.

Judge Delahunt remanded Gaffney on continuing bail until Monday when she will decide the case.

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