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BRIAN McFURY; Star slams court delay on drive rap.

Byline: NIALL MOONAN

FURIOUS Brian McFadden branded court delays a "joke" yesterday after his case for careless driving was adjourned again.

The 24-year-old star was outraged after flying from London to hear his fate at Balbriggan District Court in north Dublin.

As he was whisked away by minders outside the court, the Real To Me singer blasted: "This is the second time I've turned up and they've adjourned it again.

"If these people want to do something then they should just do it. It's a joke."

McFadden is accused of careless driving, breaking the 70mph speed limit and driving without reasonable consideration when he was stopped on the M1 in Balbriggan in September 2002.

But the case could not go ahead yesterday because the garda involved in the case injured his hand.

His defence solicitor Kieran Kelly pleaded with Judge Bryan Smyth to strike out the case because of delays and the pressure of McFadden's international schedule.

Standing in court with arms folded, McFadden, who recently split from wife Kerry, sighed as the case was adjourned again.

Inspector Sean Galwey said it could not proceed because the investigating officer, based in Clondalkin, Dublin, had got hurt in the past few days.

The defence, he said, had been told of the problem - but it was too late to stop McFadden catching a flight from London.

The former Westlife star sat at the back of the court for an hour before he was called at 11.30am.

Inspector Galwey said: "As soon as I got notification I was in touch with the defence."

Mr Kelly asked Judge Smyth to throw out the case because the summons had been issued just within the six-month deadline.

But the judge said he had already granted a lengthy adjournment because his client was off touring for six months. He set the resumed hearing for April 14.

Meanwhile, McFadden will be on the Late Late Show tonight at 9.30pm when he will talk about his marriage split.

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