Both women claimed they were driving

Charges of perverting the course of justice may be brought against a Mountrath woman and another woman, who both told the gardaí that they were driving a car involved in a case of drink driving.

Charges of perverting the course of justice may be brought against a Mountrath woman and another woman, who both told the gardaí that they were driving a car involved in a case of drink driving.

Before last week’s district court in Portlaoise was Catherine Hyland, 15 Moanbaun Close, Mountrath, charged with exceeding the alcohol limit at Clonenagh, Mountrath, on June 25.

When the case appeared back in October last, Inspector Aidan Farrelly told the court that another person had come forward to claim they were driving. The inspector said that the gardaí would investigate this, and asked for the case to be adjourned.

Last week, Inspector Farrelly said there were still no directions from the DPP. He explained that Hyland had originally said she was driving, but subsequently a passenger in the car had come forward to say they were driving. Now the gardaí are considering charges of perverting the course of justice, and the file has been completed and sent to the DPP.

Defence for Hyland, solicitor, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said a third party had made admissions.

“She put herself in the driving seat,” remarked Judge Catherine Staines of the defendant, going on to say that Hyland was “the author of her own misfortune”.

Judge Staines agreed to a two-month adjournment, and the case was put back to March 26.