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Garda charged with dangerous driving and drink driving is to contest the charges

Garda Stephen Byrne, who was charged with dangerous driving and drink driving, is to contest the charges against him, Ennis District Court heard today.

The 38-year-old is facing a charge of dangerous driving and driving over the limit near the Clare village of Inagh on August 20th 2020.

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Solicitor Darragh Hassett has confirmed that his client will be contesting the charges.

Judge Mary Larkin has previously told the court that the matter is serious and that State Solicitor for Co. Clare Aisling Casey is involved in the case due to Byrne’s profession.

Due to upcoming trials that Ms. Casey is involved with, the case could possibly be adjourned to December or January. Casey is expected to prosecute the case against Byrne on behalf of the state.

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Typically, a Garda Inspector would prosecute contested dangerous driving and drink driving cases in the district court.

The case has been adjourned to the 12th of December at Ennis District Court to fix a date for the hearing.

IMAGE – Pixabay/”Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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