A man from county Kildare is facing careless driving charges, after reported careless cycling of a bicycle causing damage to a tractor.
The man, aged 53-years-old, hails from Athy and the incident is said to have occurred on March 24th. This is when the tractor suffered damage, as reported in Kildarnow.com. He appeared in Naas District court yesterday after having been in custody for seven days. He is currently awaiting psychological assessment, with no formal application for bail lodged.
"Prison is not doing me any good, I can't hack it.", the man said.
The man also claimed to have not seen any doctors, bar three people asking him if he had a drink or drug problem, or if he was suicidal.
"I said no to all the questions.", he said.
Bail was objected to by Gardaí, according to the Defence solicitor, due to accusations of cycling drunk and a lack of lighting on the bicycle of the accused.
"Drunk cycling on rural roads, what if an innocent person knocks you down?", Judge Desmond Zaidan said.
"I was not drunk, I do not need any help.", was the response from the accused.
The man is said to have an 8pm curfew, which he broke on the night in question. The courts heard that the only damage suffered to the tractor was the accused spitting at it.
"I have it that he spat at the tractor, not too much damage caused.", said SGT Brian Jacob.
Judge Zaidan ordered a doctor report on the accused and that he get a psychological assessment on May 22nd. Defence solicitor for the accused says he will leave Athy and go to England upon his release, in search of employment.