A man who is serving a sentence for the manslaughter of local teenager Niall Dorr four years ago, has been sentenced at the local district court for a series of offences which he admitted committing before the killing.
The court heard the cases had been previously adjourned pending the outcome of a separate trial involving Douglas “Dougie” Ward (39) with an address at Loughantarve, Knockbridge.
The court heard last Wednesday that the accused was caught using a mobile phone while driving on 18 September 2008 and the following November he failed a breathalyser test after being arrested on suspicion of drink driving. He was also prosecuted for driving without insurance or a driving licence and possessing an offensive weapon. Eight days later, around 4am he was arrested for public order offences after gardai received a report of him abusing staff at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Dougie Ward was also prosecuted for not having driving documents at Lisheen Park, Knockbridge in February 2010, which the court heard was linked to another case of making off without payment. The court further heard the accused stole a coal bunker, a dog kennel and a chicken coop worth €590 from Liam Rice’s at Mountpleasant on April 18th the same year when he removed them from the yard using a pick-up truck. Just under three months later, he stole €500 worth of scrap metal from Littelfuse on the Ecco Road. Judge Flann Brennan imposed concurrent sentences totalling six months and driving bans of four years.