Case of former footballer accused of failing to give blood or urine samples is adjourned

A case in which a former Tyrone footballer allegedly failed to give a blood or urine sample at Listowel garda station almost 18 months ago has again been adjourned. Listowel Courthouse Three-time All-Ireland winner Owen Mulligan with an address at Church Street, Crookstown, Co. Tyrone appeared at today’s sitting of Listowel District Court. A new submission on behalf of the State was presented in court to Judge James O’Connor. The charge dates to August 29th, 2014 when Owen Mulligan was arrested at William Street in Listowel on suspicion of being drunk while in charge of a vehicle. It is alleged that when he was taken to Listowel garda station, he refused to give a breath sample. A previous court sitting heard the accused denied this was the case saying he was unable to give a breath sample because he had recently broken his ribs playing football. It was also stated that he refused to allow a local GP to take a blood or urine sample because he didn’t believe he was a doctor. At today’s sitting of Listowel District Court, Detective Inspector Dan Keane handed a new two-page submission relating to the case to Judge James O’Connor. Shortly afterwards, Mr Mulligan’s solicitor, John O’Dwyer requested an adjournment to consider the submission which he said he was entitled to do. Judge O’Connor adjourned the matter to the April 7th sitting of Listowel District Court.