A person who was caught driving his horse and cart to get cigarettes whereas drunk has been fined €250.
Danny Connors, 49, appeared earlier than Letterkenny District Court docket in Co Donegal which heard the accused was three and a half occasions over the drink-driving restrict.
The court docket heard that Connors is at present serving a one 12 months sentence beneath Animal Well being and Welfare Act, 2013 after he left a new child foal alone at a property with free canines to go on a celebratory ingesting binge.
The foal was subsequently attacked by two lurcher canines and suffered extreme accidents leading to all animals being put down.
Danny Connors, aged 49, of Canal Highway Letterkenny was right this moment sentenced to 12 months in jail by Decide John Aylmer on the Letterkenny Circuit Court docket final month.
Father-of-seven Connors, who has 35 earlier convictions, had pleaded responsible to a cost of animal cruelty.
Connors had been ordered to finish a safer driving course after being stopped whereas drunk in control of a horse and cart at 8.55am on the morning of June 20, 2021.
Gardai mentioned they noticed Connors come up the Port Highway on what was described as ‘a horse drawn carriage’.
Sergeant Gerard Dalton informed the court docket that Garda Eoin Nicholson had spoken to Connors twenty minutes beforehand at his deal with and famous that he was ‘extremely intoxicated’.
Gardai adopted Connors, who was noticed swaying on the street, Sergeant Dalton mentioned.
Connors refused to cease and continued onto Pearse Highway. Connors was additionally shouting abuse on the time.
When ordered to cease an irate Connors informed Gardai “Fuck off, I’m not stopping.”
When finally stopped, Connors was arrested for an offence opposite to Part 6 of the Highway Site visitors Act, 2010.
A subsequent take a look at confirmed that Connors, a 48-year-old with an deal with at Canal Highway, Neil T Blaney Highway, Letterkenny had a studying of 177 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.
The court docket heard that Connors has ‘a quantity’ of earlier convictions, together with for the same cost in 2018.
Connors additionally has earlier for resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and various street site visitors issues.
Solicitor for Connors, Mr Michael Shiel, mentioned his shopper took the horse and cart, ‘in opposition to his higher judgement’, to get cigarettes.
“Within the chilly gentle of day, he holds his arms up and he apologises for his behaviour,” Mr Shiel mentioned.
“He apologises profusely and assures me that it gained’t occur once more.”
The case was adjourned to right this moment when Connors appeared by videolink from jail.
Mr Shiel mentioned his shopper had efficiently accomplished the safer driving course.
Decide Cunningham convicted Connors and fined him €250 in lieu of 5 days in jail.
Drunk man who galloped to get cigarettes on horse and cart fined €250 was final modified: November twentieth, 2023 by