Man was anx­ious not to re­turn to pri­son

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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