Thursday, September 08, 2022

Tom Tuite

An extra motoring charge has been brought against UFC star Conor McGregor in his dangerous driving prosecution in Dublin.

Gardaí pulled over the mixed martial artist driving a high-performance Bentley Continental GT on March 22nd in west Dublin.

He was arrested and initially charged with two counts of dangerous driving in the 2019-reg car at the N4/M50 interchange in Palmerstown and the Lucan Road, being uninsured, having no licence and failing to produce his documents within 10 days.

The fighter returned to Blanchardstown District Court on Thursday for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

There had been brief hearings in April and June when the court heard further charges were under consideration.

McGregor, who arrived in a black Mercedes, was charged at 10.22am at the courthouse with one additional offence of careless driving at the N4/M50 road.

He waited in the public gallery until his case was called when he moved over to the defendant’s bench.

No reply

In evidence, Garda Denis Lordon told Judge David McHugh that “in reply to charge after caution, the accused made no reply, and he was handed a true copy of the charge sheet”.

He also said the DPP directed “summary disposal” of the case at district court level.

Defence barrister David Staunton said the new charge “arises out of the same incident,” and he wanted to review the CCTV evidence.

He asked for an adjournment, adding that on the next date, the defence “can indicate how we propose to deal with the matter”.

Judge McHugh granted an order for disclosure of any outstanding evidence to McGregor’s lawyers. He told him to appear again on November 24th, when he will be expected to enter a plea.

Dubliner McGregor, who now lives at Ladycastle, Straffan, Co Kildare, did not address the court.

On conviction, dangerous driving carries a maximum fine of up to €5,000 and six months imprisonment. Careless driving carries a maximum €5,000 fine.

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