NEWS — 30 January 2014

By staff reporter

A driver from County Clare has been banned from driving for four years after refusing to give a blood sample because the doctor he was given was black.

Ennis Circuit Judge Carroll Moran told John McNamara that he was ‘really appalled’ by his behaviour and attitude towards the doctor, from Sudan.

Dr. Awadilla Abdelrrazig was taken to Killaloe police station in East Clare last August to take a blood sample when McNamara was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

The Irish Times reports that Judge Moran said he was, “Really appalled by John McNamara’s conduct and attitude towards the doctor concerned. His reasons for not providing a sample to the doctor were quite objectionable.”

The judge upheld the four-year ban and fine of almost $4,000 imposed on McNamara in the District Court.

The appeal heard police officer Jarlath Hardiman say that McNamara was brought to his local station on suspicion and, when Abdelrrazig got there to take a blood sample McNamara said, “I’m not letting that black doctor near me. I’m not letting him do anything to me.”

The officer added that McNamara let Abdelrrazig apply a tourniquet to his arm to take blood and efforts were made to draw blood with a needle.

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