01 Oct 2022

Granard District Court: Leitrim farmer fined and disqualified from driving

Solicitor for the accused claims that Legga Cross was improperly identified

Granard District Court: Leitrim farmer fined and disqualified from driving

A Leitrim man was disqualified from driving and handed down fines totalling €355 at a recent sitting of Granard District Court.

Seamus Lennon, Killevehy, Mohill, Co Leitrim, came before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with having no insurance and with drink driving at Legga Cross on November 2, 2015.

The court heard that in the early hours of November 2, the defendant was observed at Gaigue Cross, Ballinamuck travelling slowly. The Garda on duty signalled for the vehicle to stop but Mr Lennon failed to do so immediately.

He later stopped at a place identified by the Garda as Legga Cross, about five miles from where the Garda first observed the vehicle.

It was revealed that there was a strong smell of intoxicating liquor from the defendant, his speech was slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.

At 2.15am, Mr Lennon was arrested . A urine sample showed 188mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in his system.

Solicitor for the defendant, Ms Bríd Mimnagh said that the charges did not properly identify Legga Cross.

She pointed out to the court that there are three Legga crosses in the area, and that her client would claim that he was stopped at Moyne Cross.

“He's a small farmer in Leitrim,” Ms Mimnagh said of her client, adding that when he had been stopped by the Gardaí, he had left a bar in Ballinamuck where he had consumed approximately four or five pints of Guinness.

She also stated that while Mr Lennon had insurance on a commercial jeep, the jeep had broken down and he had been using his nephew's car.

After hearing the details of the case, Judge Hughes disqualified Mr Lennon from driving for two years and ordered him to pay a fine of €105 for having no insurance on the date in question.

In respect of the drink driving charge, Mr Lennon was disqualified from driving for two years and fined a further €250.

Following a request for postponement from Ms Mimnagh, Judge Hughes then directed that Mr Lennon's disqualification be postponed until September 1.

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