Went ‘off rails’ after his brother’s murder
LOST TEMPER WHEN STOPPED BY GARDAI
A MAN whose brother was brutally murdered in Greystones last year has faced the courts again for going 'off the rails' in the wake of the tragedy.
The late John O'Brien was found lying face-down on the side of the Farrankelly Road in Greystones with multiple head injuries on June 7 2010.
His brother Jimmy O'Brien (22), 31 Burnaby Lawns, Greystones, was stopped by Garda Kevin Donegan at Burnaby Lawns on August 18 last year. Garda Donegan asked for O'Brien's license and insurance. He admitted that he had neither and was told the car would be seized.
O'Brien asked the garda for another chance, and then lost his temper. He ran to his car and bent back the driver's door, kicked the wing mirror and put his foot through the driver's window. 'He told me there was a weapon in the boot and he would split my head open,' Garda Donegan told Judge Murrough Connellan at Bray District Court last Thursday.
When the garda went back to the patrol car to call for assistance, O'Brien kicked the other wing mirror and two further windows. 'I challenged him and he ran off.'
Solicitor Brendan Maloney said that his client had effectively lost control and took his frustrations out on the car adding that his client wished to apologise for his his actions.
He has been in trouble before, with sentences most recently including trespass, burglary, theft, and public drunkenness. 'He started quite young, but was off the radar for a while,' said Mr. Maloney. 'His brother was murdered and he himself would say he went off the rails after that.'
The court heard that O'Brien has sought help for his excesses of alcohol and drugs. He is now clean for the first time since the age of 15.
Judge Murrough Connellan sentenced O'Brien to three months for having no insurance, and banned him from driving for seven years. He also received a six month sentence for threatening behaviour, consecutive to the insurance matter, and a €100 fine for having no driving license. O'Brien has appealed the custodial sentences and is not in custody.