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Pro boxer faces jail if he drink drives again


A professional boxer has been told he will go to jail if convicted of drink driving one more time.
Gary Sweeney (23) of 61, Church View, Ballinrobe, appeared before Achill District Court on Thursday last for sentencing after he failed to appear at the original hearing on February 20 last.
On that date he was convicted of drink driving and careless driving and disqualified from driving for four years. The issue of whether he would be sent to jail was adjourned to last Thursday to allow Sweeney to appear in court personally.
The court heard Sweeney has previous convictions for driving without insurance and drink driving. “I deeply apologise,” he told the court.
Defending solicitor Brendan Donnelly asked him whether he realises that his professional boxing career would disappear if he was jailed for 12 months. Sweeney said he understood this and promised, “It won’t happen again.”
The court heard that Sweeney was unable to attend the original hearing because he was a witness at a trial in Dublin.
Sweeney told the court that he was ‘just over’ the drink driving limit when he was detected the morning after drinking until 1am.  
Inspector Dermot Butler said he accepted that it was the morning after but added that it was still ‘a foolish thing to do’. The Gardaí see ‘loads of accidents’ where people are over the limit the next day, he said.
Judge Mary Devins said ‘I am giving you a chance’, and she warned Sweeney that if he is detected driving while over the limit again, he will go to jail.

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