Went ‘off rails’ af­ter his brother’s mur­der


Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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