Father told that he would not be put in prison
A MAN WHO read out a letter asking to be moved to a prison near Arklow so that he could see his children was told he would not be jailed.
Leonid Kuzmin, 9 Woodland Drive, Arklow, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a blood or urine sample on April 15, 2007. He was also charged with having no driving licence and no insurance.
‘ I am guilty and accept the charges,’ he told Judge Murrough Connellan through an interpreter. ‘ The only think I have to say is it happened in 2007 and in the whole year since then I didn’t commit a crime.
‘I have two children. If possible could I be moved when convicted closer to Arklow so my family can visit me.’
Kuzmin has a number of convictions and was banned from driving at the time of the offence. ‘I accept that was wrong but I have to travel to work,’ he said, adding that he now works within walking distance.
‘Not always but once in half a year I may have a drink,’ said Kuzmin when Judge Connellan asked him if he has a drink problem. He agreed to avail of alcohol addiction counselling.
He will appear in Arklow District Court on April 15 after the preparation of a probation report.
Judge Connellan handed down a threemonth sentence for having no insurance, suspended for one year. He was banned from driving for five years.