War­rant for hol­i­day­maker ac­cused of drink-driv­ing

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

A hol­i­day­maker who was charged with drink driv­ing af­ter be­ing stopped by gar­daí at Ross­lare Euro­port on Au­gust 24 has had a bench war­rant is­sued for his ar­rest at the District Court. Les­lie Har­ri­son (71) with an ad­dress in Ox­ford­shire in the UK was stopped by gar­daí at the Euro­port hav­ing come off a ferry.

There was no ap­pear­ance from him at the District Court in Wex­ford and Sgt Gary Raynor told the court that he un­der­stood the de­fen­dant was still in the ju­ris­dic­tion on his hol­i­days.

Af­ter some dis­cus­sion with the court ser­vices, Judge Miriam Walsh was told that Har­ri­son had not left a con­tact phone num­ber on file with the court ser­vice.

Un­der those cir­cum­stances the state re­quested a bench war­rant for Har­ri­son’s ar­rest and Judge Walsh com­plied. THERE was no sign of a 29 year old wo­man due to ap­pear be­fore Wex­ford District Court to meet vice charges.

Hen­ri­ett Hoff­mann, ad­dress given in court pa­per­work as 20 Holly Well, Cromwells­fort Grove, Wex­ford, was rep­re­sented by so­lic­i­tor Tim Cummings who had no clear in­struc­tions. It was al­leged that she di­rected the ac­tiv­i­ties of more than one pros­ti­tute for the pur­poses of or­gan­ised pros­ti­tu­tion. She was fur­ther charged with al­low­ing the top flat at 72 North Main Street in Wex­ford to be used as a brothel.

Mr Cummings told Judge Ger­ard Haughton that the ac­cused had failed to meet him for a le­gal con­sul­ta­tion about the case.

As a re­sult he had no in­struc­tions as to how to re­spond to the pros­e­cu­tion. A war­rant was is­sued for Ms Hoff­mann’s ar­rest af­ter the so­lic­i­tor con­firmed that she was not present.

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