Man charged with refusal to give specimen

A foreign national who allegedly told a garda “f**k you, white c**t” appeared at last week’s district court in Portlaoise charged with refusing to provide a specimen to the gardaí.

Before the court was Willies Kanau, with an address at 7 The Crescent, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, charged with refusing or failing to provide a specimen at Portlaoise Garda Station, on March 17 this year.

Evidence was given by Garda Aodhan O’Flaithearta, who told the court he arrested the defendant at Portlaoise Main Street and brought him to the garda station where he was charged at 3.20am.

Garda O’Flaithearta said that on the night, he had received information about a hit and run incident and after identifying the defendant’s vehicle he stopped him at Main Street.

When spoken to by the garda, Kanau allegedly said: “F**k you, white c**t.” Garda O’Flaithearta said it was obvious to him that Kanau was intoxicated and so he arrested him and brought him to the garda station.

A specimen was requested and Kanau opted for blood, but when the doctor arrived he refused to allow blood to be taken and would not give up a vein.

Kanau initially pleaded guilty to the charge at last week’s court, but after hearing the garda’s evidence he told the court: “I didn’t refuse.”

Judge Catherine Staines then marked the matter as a plea of not guilty.

Garda O’Flaithearta said that there may be further charges to come against Kanau, and he told the court it could be four weeks for the new charges.

Judge Staines strongly advised Kanau to get a solicitor for his next court appearance and remanded him on continual bail with the matter put back to May 8.


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