Centenary 2022

Our History – What the Justice of the Peace Saw

The local Justice of the Peace was walking past a hotel in Parnell when he saw a man stagger across the footpath and get into a van, ready to drive off. “You are too drunk to drive, walk home,” the Justice advised. But the man’s hearing was apparently weakened by his inebriation: not only did he drive but he took off at top speed. Police followed up the Justice’s report and the driver appeared in court and pleaded guilty to driving while drunk and speeding. His 11 previous convictions connected with vehicles and driving probably didn’t help his cause when it came to sentencing: £10 fine or one month’s jail plus cancellation of his driver’s licence. 

Researched and compiled by Ric Carlyon

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