Glenda Gilson’s car dealer brother fails to get license restored after drug driving ban

Damien Gilson
Damien Gilson

A BROTHER of model and TV presenter Glenda Gilson had his bid to get his driving licence restored dismissed today.

Car dealer Damien Gilson (39) had been given a four-year road ban in February 2013 after he was convicted for driving while under the influence of cannabis.

He had been caught with half-smoked cannabis joint in his car after a motorist reported his dangerous driving to gardai.

He appealed a district court penalty in the Circuit Court which resulted in a driving disqualification being reduced to four years.

In addition to the road ban he had agreed to do charity work to avoid a one-month jail term.

His case was listed before the Circuit Court in Dublin today after he brought an application to have his licence restored.

Judge James O'Donohoe was told by a State solicitor that they were objecting to Gilson's application. 

Mr Gilson came to the court but when the case was called the judge was told he had gone to look for his solicitor.

When the case was later recalled he was not present and Judge O'Donohoe dismissed the application.

In the original case, he had been found guilty of driving under the influence of cannabis at Diswellstown Road, in north Dublin, and dangerous driving at the Phoenix Park, on September 8, 2010.

Gilson, whose car sales business has gone into liquidation, had also been convicted for unlawful possession of cannabis.

Gilson was tracked down after a motorist spotted him dangerously driving a '08-registered Land Rover Discovery along the quays in Dublin city-centre.

His trial had heard that a motorist followed Gilson along Chesterfield Avenue, the main road through Phoenix Park, and reported his driving to gardai.

Gilson was witnessed crossing a continuous white line as he overtook several vehicles.

“Numerous vehicles had to take evasive action,” a garda had said referring to on-coming traffic.

Gda Paul Doona said he caught up with the Land Rover after it left the park and saw its right rear wheel clip the side of a roundabout.

The garda had said Gilson pulled over but was “less than co-operative” and became "abusive".

“I had noticed there was a smell of cannabis from the vehicle, he handed over a cigarettes pack which contained a part smoked joint,” Gda Doona said.

Gilson, who has an address at Raglan Road, in Dublin, was brought to Blanchardstown Garda station where a little bag containing cannabis herb and cannabis resin was found hidden in his left sock.

A urine sample he provided to gardaí showed he had been driving while under the influence of cannabis. Gilson already had five prior criminal convictions, three for assault and two for careless driving.