Fa­ther told that he would not be put in prison

Bray People - - News -

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.

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