Accused’s foul-mouthed outburst at judge after he is denied hug with girlfriend
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ACo Louth man charged with dangerous driving who was refused bail launched a foul-mouthed outburst after a judge refused to let his girlfriend hug him in court.
Dylan Hafford (24), of Francis Street, Drogheda, appeared before Judge Dermot Simms at Dublin District Court today.
He sat silently throughout the bail hearing and was remanded in custody.
Escorted from the courtroom, he asked the judge for permission to hug his girlfriend before he was taken away.
However, the request was denied, at which he roared: “Dirty knacker, shove your remand up your hole, you baldy b*****d” and “p***k” as he was led out.
Gardaí had charged him with dangerous driving at Termonfeckin, Co Louth, and criminal damage to two other cars during the same incident on the night of May 30.
Garda Martin Mellsop told a contested bail hearing it was alleged gardai saw Mr Hafford at 11.30pm driving “erratically” and “on the wrong side of the road at high speed” before crashing into two parked vehicles.
Afterwards, two occupants of the crashed car got out and fled.
Gda Mellsop objected to bail due to the seriousness of the incident.
Mr Hafford, who was arrested on Friday, also faced another charge for criminal damage of a woman’s bedroom window on Francis Street, in Drogheda, on April 7.
Mr Hafford replied “not guilty” when charged.
His solicitor Aonghus McCarthy also told the court that his client denies the offences and “is contesting every piece of evidence” in the garda’s bail objections.
He said his client would abide by bail conditions and live with a relative in a different part of Co Louth, stay away from Termonfeckin, and he would undertake not to drive any motor vehicle.
Mr McCarthy submitted that the was no evidence to rebut his client’s entitlement to bail.
Judge Simms remanded him in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on June 9, pending directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
He also granted him legal aid after noting Mr Hafford was on social welfare.