Dundalk district court has heard how a man who was involved in a dispute with his neighbours about a wall, drove at speed towards three of them before stopping and getting out and having a row.
Konstantin Scigelskij (29) with an address at Glenwood, Dublin Road was prosecuted for using threatening abusive or insulting behaviour and dangerous driving arising out of the incident in Glenwood on the 17th of July last year.
Insp. Kevin Daly told the court last Wednesday that there was a dispute over a wall at the time and around midday on the date in question the defendant drove at speed and stopped before three of his neighbours.
He got out and had a row with them and the court heard they ‘got a fright’ from the manner of his driving.
The court heard the defendant had apologised before any summons was issued.
Insp Daly said that things had “boiled over on the day” and the accused was shouting and verbally abusing people in a public place.
Judge Cormac Dunne said the defendant was using the car “as a weapon”.
The Defence solicitor said her client was stopping at his house and was not under the impression that he was being threatening towards his neighours.
Insp. Daly said “I don’t think he intended to drive at them”.
The solicitor said “I think it’s an issue of perception. There were three of them” and “no question of any violence”.
The court was told the defendant had nine previous convictions, including having no insurance and drink driving, which date back to 2007 and happened two months apart, in addition to public order offences.
The solicitor urged the court to consider reducing the dangerous driving charge to careless driving. She added the defendant – who is originally from Lithuania “has sobered up and behaved” since then. He is now married with a child with another on the way.
However, Judge Dunne said he thought the accused “has no respect for public safety with that record’ and describing him as having contempt for the road safety code.
He added “‘Of all the citizens in this State, he’s the one that should be saying: ‘I must be careful’. But within two months of being arrested for drink driving, he was out driving with no insurance”.
The Defence solicitor pointed out that previous incidents were more than five years ago. The case was adjourned to Thursday when Judge Dunne imposed a fine of €750 for the reduced charge of careless driving. He said: ‘I hope he has learned his lesson at this stage and I wish him well with his family’.