Five jailed over Cork sulky race

Two men were filmed racing each other on akies which consist of two wheels and a seat, held together by metal rods on the main Cork city to Mallow Road last Saturday morning. Photograph: Video still from YouTube/The Irish Times

Two men were filmed racing each other on akies which consist of two wheels and a seat, held together by metal rods on the main Cork city to Mallow Road last Saturday morning. Photograph: Video still from YouTube/The Irish Times

Fri, Feb 8, 2013, 00:00

Five men have been sentenced to five months in jail each for dangerous driving during a sulky race on the main Cork-Limerick road last year which subsequently became a YouTube sensation with close to 400,000 hits.

At Cork District Court today, Judge Olan Kelleher said he was imposing the five month sentence on each of the five to indicate the gravity of the matter and the lack of respect they had shown for other road users when racing two horse drawn sulkies on the main N20 near Blarney at about 8am on  May 5th, 2012.

Judge Kelleher also disqualified all five from driving for six years after they each pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on various stretches of the road near Blarney during the course of the pre-planned 2km race between Christy’s Filly and Russian Lady.

Judge Kelleher imposed jail terms and disqualifications for dangerous driving offences on Bernie McDonagh (20), The Halting Site, Nash’s Boreen, Cork, Jimmy O’Brien (28) Innishannon Road, Fairhill, Cork and Patrick O’Brien (25) of Woodford, Rossa Avenue, Cork.

He also imposed jail terms and disqualified Danny Stokes (46) and Christopher Roche (41), both of St Anthony’s Park Halting Site, Knocknaheeny, Cork for dangerous driving. He adjourned sentence on Stokes’s son James (18) for a similar offence pending a probation report.

He also imposed €300 fines on McDonagh, Patrick O’Brien, Roche and Daniel Stokes for obstruction of the roadway. He noted all six accused were "no strangers to the courts" after hearing that, between them, they had 74 previous convictions, mainly for road traffic matters

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