Man was anxious not to return to prison
A 30-YEAR-OLD man facing theft and motoring charges bore the scar of a previous spell in prison, as he demonstrated to Judge John Cheatle at Wexford District Court.
Addresses for accused James Fleming were given as 2 New Houses, Ballinaclash, Rathdrum and 6 Canon Murphy Park in Clonroche.
He admitted driving off without paying after topping up his fuel tank at Cullen’s in Adamstown on October 1 in 2017.
He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance at Caim on July 30 in 2017.
His past record showed several previous convictions for driving while uninsured and he recognised that he might be going to jail.
Solicitor John O’Donovan told the judge that Fleming, father of two young children, cares full time for his father who was present in court for the hearing of the case.
Fleming was anxious to avoid prison as he had been left marked by prison on a previous occasion.
The defendant stepped forward to show the court a lengthy scar on his right cheek.
He was banned from driving for six years and Judge Cheatle ordered a probation report with the intention of making out an order for 200 hours of community service in lieu of four months jail.