Offer of €100k not to call Gardai after North Kildare car crash

Defendant jailed and disqualified from driving

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Offer of €100k not to call Gardai after North Kildare car crash

The case was heard at Naas District Court.

A man who was involved in a car crash offered €100,000 to a young man who he had just crashed into to discourage him from contacting Gardai.

Lithuanian man Henrikas Kazlauskas, 57, whose address is listed as 240 Drummin, Carbury, faced several charges at Naas District Court last Tuesday, September 18.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving charges at at Drummond, Carbury, on January 29, 2018 and at Drummin on December 26, 2016, as well as driving without insurance on the same date. On the latter occasion, he had crashed into a 22-year-old man, leaving him with long lasting pain in his knee and regular nightmares.

The young man gave evidence that the defendant had offered him €100,000 not to go to Gardai. In evidence, through an interpreter, the defendant said it was only €1,000.

Judge Desmond Zaidan asked why the defendant kept breaching the road traffic laws. Representing him, Conal Boyce said that his client has several daughters back in Lithuania who are being looked after by the eldest of them.

Their mother, his wife, has died. He is sending money back to them. “He understand where he stands,” Mr Boyce said.

The judged noted that the case demonstrated “how alcohol can destroy a life”. Judge Zaidan sentenced the defendant to 10 months in prison in total and disqualified him from driving for six years.