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Man caught drink driving on Paddy’s Day tries to blame fertility potion

CourtsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Man caught drink driving on Paddy’s Day tries to blame fertility potion

A man who was spotted by gardai on St Patrick’s Day swerving all over the road has claimed that he had been slugging an African fertility drink, that he didn’t think was particularly alcoholic.

Teddy Edbejuli of 181 Beech Park in Leixlip, Co Kildare appeared in court charged with driving under the influence. 

His solicitor David Powderly told the court that his client had been taking a root alcohol imported from Africa and didn’t realise its potency.

Edbejuli pleaded guilty to the charge.

Following enquiries from Judge Desmond Zaidan, Mr Powderly said the drink doesn’t have an English name, that it came from a tree and his client drank it for medicinal reasons.

To which Judge Zaidan replied: “I don’t accept this type of rubbish,” before enquiring how the potion is imported.

“There are fertility aspects to it…. This is going downhill,” replied Mr Powderly, adding that the drink is used to cure infertility.

Judge Zaidan then asked how alcohol could help fertility.

“I always thought it had the opposite effect,” he said.

The judge then went on to rule that the level of alcohol in Mr Edbejuil’s urine was very high at three times the limit before fining him €700 and handing him a mandatory three year driving ban.