Fine but no driv­ing ban for ac­cused

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

A MAN who drove a car with­out in­sur­ance claimed he had pur­chased the ve­hi­cle for his part­ner and he was not in­sured to drive it.

Ian Cahill (26) was stopped by gar­dai on Novem­ber 21 last year at Stephen­stown in Bal­brig­gan.

He was not in­sured to drive the car, Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict Court heard.

The de­fen­dant, of Bre­more Pas­tures Cres­cent in Bal­brig­gan pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance, hav­ing no driv­ing li­cence and no NCT on the date he was stopped.

The dis­trict court also heard that he failed to pro­duce his doc­u­ments within ten days at a nom­i­nated garda sta­tion.

Bal­brig­gan Dis­trict Court heard that the de­fen­dant had six pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions in­clud­ing for crim­i­nal dam­age and us­ing threat­en­ing and abu­sive be­hav­iour.

His so­lic­i­tor told Judge Paula Mur­phy that the de­fen­dant had pur­chased the ve­hi­cle for his part­ner and drove it with­out in­sur­ance.

‘He was wrong to do that,’ the so­lic­i­tor told the dis­trict court judge.

The so­lic­i­tor ex­plained the de­fen­dant works part time in se­cu­rity when work is avail­able.

The de­fen­dant’s so­lic­i­tor there­fore, asked for the judge not to im­pose a driv­ing ban to en­able him get more work.

‘There are more work op­por­tu­ni­ties for him but he would need to be able to drive,’ the so­lic­i­tor ex­plained to the judge.

Judge Mur­phy said she won’t im­pose a driv­ing ban as it is his first no in­sur­ance of­fence. How­ever, she im­posed a fine of €500 and con­victed him for driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance. She fur­ther fined and con­victed him €150 for hav­ing no driv­ing li­cence and €100 for hav­ing no NCT.

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