Man charged with road traffic offences after Longford swingers party row turns ugly

Liam Cosgrove

Reporter:

Liam Cosgrove

Email:

liam.cosgrove@longfordleader.ie

A man has been convicted of drink driving and no insurance after becoming embroiled in a row at a swingers party in the midlands.

Dragemir Jovic, with an address at 3 Legion Terrace, Longford, had been at the secret rendezvous last month when an altercation broke out with another man who had also been in attendance.

“He had been at a party in a house and asked to become involved with a lady, the homeowner’s wife,” said defence solicitor Brid Mimnagh.

She said when her client spurned those advances, the man became “very aggressive” to the point where Mr Jovic became concerned for his own safety.

“He went to get into his car and was afraid for his life,” she said.

A chase quickly ensued, Ms Mimnagh added, resulting in a coming together and Mr Jovic jumping from his car in a desperate bid to escape.

Ms Mimnagh said Mr Jovic managed to give his pursuer the slip by managing to hide out in a disused house where he hid until alerting gardaí at around 6am.

It was later discovered that Mr Jovic was over the legal limit to drive when gardaí stopped him at Ardnacassa Avenue in Longford town.

Ms Mimnagh said that because her client’s reading was low a fixed charge penalty was activated, a point she challenged Judge Seamus Hughes on.

“First of all, I would question the time of the driving,” she said.

“It (Fixed Charge Notice) was sent to him but he (Mr Jovic) said he didn’t get it.”

Ms Mimnagh said this was a plausible explanation as Mr Jovic returned to his home country in April.

The court was told however that it was the State’s case Mr Jovic made a verbal admission after caution and had left the house he claimed to be hiding in and returned to the original scene to collect a wing mirror missing from his car.

Ms Mimnagh said when Mr Jovic returned a confrontation once again took place, ramming his car in the process.

A curious Judge Hughes appeared more taken by the circumstances which led up to the incident and asked Ms Mimnagh what exactly the so-called swinging party entailed.

“It’s a bit like wife swapping,” Ms Mimnagh comically replied.

“But he (Mr Jovic) didn’t want to do that.

“He’s a better man than that and because he didn’t fancy his (homeowner’s) wife he got a bit annoyed.”

Judge Hughes subsequently fined Mr Jovic €105 each for drink driving and having no insurance while also handing him a six month driving ban.