Argument with wife blamed for Polish man drink driving

A Polish national living in Portlaoise who was sentenced to four months in prison after being convicted of numerous motoring offences, including drink driving and driving while disqualified, appealed the sentence at the recent sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court.

A Polish national living in Portlaoise who was sentenced to four months in prison after being convicted of numerous motoring offences, including drink driving and driving while disqualified, appealed the sentence at the recent sitting of Portlaoise Circuit Court.

Thomasz Tkaczyk, with an address at 45 Colliers Wood, Portlaoise, appeared before the district court on September 18, charged with exceeding the alcohol limit, driving while disqualified, using a false instrument, and driving with no licence or insurance.

The offences were committed at Tower Hill, Portlaoise, on July 13.

The district court judge sentenced him to four months’ imprisonment, and imposed a driving disqualification of ten years, for drink driving; a ten-year disqualification for driving while disqualified; and a four-year disqualification for no insurance.

Tkaczyk had two previous convictions.

At last week’s circuit court, barrister, Mr Colm Hennessy said Tkaczyk, a 40-year-old Polish national living in Ireland since 2006, had a difficulty with alcohol, but had maintained sobriety for five years.

On the night of the offence he had been at home drinking, when he received communication from his wife with whom he’d had an argument. He then got into his car to make contact with her.

Mr Hennessy said that Tkaczyk had not consumed alcohol since the offence, and is attending with a Polish support group in Dublin.

Mr Hennessy suggested that perhaps Tkaczyk would be suitable for community service in lieu of prison.

“Prison should be the last resort,” he said.

Judge Petria McDonnell adjourned the case to January 27 next year, for a community service report.

“With drink driving you might kill yourself, but it’s other people that are in danger, too,” Judge McDonnell told Tkaczyk.