GAA star Owen Mulligan charged with drink driving could have charge dropped

Owen Mulligan playing for Tyrone
Owen Mulligan playing for Tyrone

Tyrone GAA star Owen Mulligan could have a drink drive charge struck out over a technicality, it emerged today.

The 33-year-old had a wasted 1000km trip to Kerry today to face the drink drive charge.

The triple All-Ireland Champion drove from his home in Cookstown to Listowel District Court but his case was adjourned when it emerged a witness had not turned up due to illness.

Mulligan is contesting the charge which is alleged to have taken place on August 29th 2014 after a friend’s wedding.

He’s accused of refusing to give a sample of blood or urine to a designated doctor after Garda had arrested him.

Today in court it emerged that the doctor called to take the sample was ill and would not be fit to attend for six weeks.

Mr Mulligan, who was recently a pundit for the BBC, made the mammoth trip after being ordered to appear having failed to turn up to the first hearing last September.

Mulligan was in court today, dressed in blue, and seated in the body of the court room .

Insp Pat O’Connell, for the DPP, said the State was applying for an adjournment as “the doctor is sick”.

Judge James O’Connor said Mr Mulligan could not be expected to travel up and down constantly from Co Tyrone .

He was remanding Mr Mulligan on bail. The adjournment to September 3rd, for hearing, was “peremptory against the DPP”, Judge O’Connor warned the State.