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Man who drove wrong way up motorway arrived in court with 20 fresh stitches in face

Central Criminal Court
Central Criminal Court

A prisoner who needed 20 stitches to his face following an assault on Monday has been refused bail pending his appeal against sentence for driving the wrong way up a motorway.

Jimmy Cash (25), with an address at Warrenstown Walk, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance on February 19 2013.

He was sentenced to six years imprisonment with the final 18 months suspended by Judge Patricia Ryan on March 15 2014.

Cash, who appeared before the Court of Appeal today with a visible wound to his face, failed in his bid to secure bail from the court pending his appeal against sentence on July 9 next.

His barrister, Karl Monahan BL, told the three-judge court that Cash was the victim of an assault on Monday of this week which left him requiring 20 stitches to the left cheek.

Speaking on behalf of the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice George Birmingham said the offence involved driving at speed the wrong way up the M50 motorway, endangering the life and well being of others and resulting in a five car collision with a number of serious injuries.

As a measure of the seriousness of the incident, the judge said, the gardaí obtained permission to deploy a stinger device and the garda helicoptor unit was deployed.

One of the persons involved in the collision has had to make significant modifications to their home, the judge said. Cash himself, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was also seriously injured.

Mr Justice Birmingham said Cash came before the court with 85 previous convictions, 16 of which were for dangerous driving and 31 were for burglary. He had one previous conviction for reckless endangerment and had been disqualified from driving when the present offence occurred.

Refusing bail, Mr Justice Birmingham said Cash fell “way short” of meeting the threshold required for bail.

It was suggested that Cash's personal circumstances in prison may provide special grounds for granting bail because “in the past few days” he had been the subject of a serious assault.

Obviously that was very regrettable, the judge said, and no doubt the authorities would take reasonable steps to ensure his safety between now and the hearing date and, if necessary, thereafter.

Mr Justice Birmingham said the court's view was that where an early date had been provided for hearing of the appeal and where there was no request to look for a date other than the one that had been assigned, the application was “not a meritorious” one.

Accordingly, Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and Mr Justice Alan Mahon, refused bail.