Publican gets six year driving ban

Publican gets six year driving ban
22 June 2009
Donegal Democrat

A St Johnston publican who was caught drink driving while he was already serving a driving ban received a six year disqualification at a recent sitting of Letterkenny District Court.

The court heard Garda Patrick Gerraghty stopped 65-year Joseph Peoples of Kinnycally, St Johnston on the town’s Main Street on March 31. A subsequent test confirmed he was over the legal limit at the time.

Solicitor, Niall Sheridan, told the court his client “took a chance” as he was fearful of walking home at night.

He stated People’s business had not been going well and there were a number of break-ins during one of which he was assaulted and was since living in fear.

My client has since been very frightened of walking on the street at night. He has no more confidence and the normal procedure was that someone would pick him up,” he explained.

“He took a chance on the night in question and drove the mile home. The family have since sold his car so there is no prospect of re-offending,” said Mr Sheridan.

Judge Kevin Kilrane disqualified Peoples from driving for six years and fined him €1,000.


(Later article)

Served alcohol without licence
Donegal Democrat

11 September 2009

A St Johnston publican was convicted at Letterkenny District Court for trading without a licence.

Joseph Peoples of Main Street, St. Johnston was charged with allowing the sale of liquor at his premise at the same address on September 27 last year.

Solicitor Niall Sheridan entered a guilty plea on behalf of his client saying he had “bad health” recently.

Judge Kevin Kilrane fined him €633.

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