THE parents of a young boy whose scrambler bike was confiscated by gardai after he was observed driving without insurance were fined for public order offences.
Keith Crawford, aged 38, and Geraldine O’Brien, aged 35, both of Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston appeared before Limerick Court after they were charged in connection with the incident which happened on May 25, last at Clarina Park.
The court heard both defendants were “highly aggressive” and abusive towards gardai after they took the scrambler bike from the child shortly after 5pm.
Insp John Deasy was told the child, who was aged 11, had been observed a short time earlier driving the scrambler bike on a public road.
Solicitor John Herbert said the offence happened near a green area and that his client’s had previously reached agreement with the authorities to allow their son to use his scrambler bike on the green area.
He said Mr Crawford and Ms O’Brien became agitated when they were alerted to the incident, which he said, had taken on a life of its own.
“They recognise the whole incident should not have unfolded the way it did,” he said.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly said the defendants had acted in a “highly irresponsible” manner by allowing their son to travel unaccompanied to the green area on the day.
He added that gardai would have been criticised for not acting had their been an accident.
Mr Crawford, who has 28 previous convictions, was fined €100 while Ms O’Brien, who has no previous convictions, was ordered to make a €100 contribution to the court poor box.