Man ‘all too familiar’ to the court is put off the road for 20 years for motoring offences

A Portlaoise man whose face was all too familiar to the local district court was last week sentenced to three months in prison and put off the road for 20 years having been convicted of motoring offences.

A Portlaoise man whose face was all too familiar to the local district court was last week sentenced to three months in prison and put off the road for 20 years having been convicted of motoring offences.

Sean Coss, with an address listed at Pallas Park, Blueball, Tullamore, was charged with driving with no licence, no insurance, no road tax, no NCT, non display of disc, driving while disqualified, and giving a false name and address, on April 27 this year.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence Coss abandoned his vehicle when detected by gardaí and was apprehended after a short chase.

Coss has numerous previous convictions, including 23 for no insurance, 16 no licence, two dangerous driving, eight driving while disqualified, and two unauthorised taking of an MPV. He was already serving a sentence when he appeared at last week’s court.

“His is an all-too-familiar face to you,” defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick told Judge Catherine Staines.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that Coss had driven away because he knew the gardaí wanted to speak to him. She said the car had only just been purchased and Coss was going to get the wheels pumped.

For driving while disqualified, Judge Staines imposed a three-month sentence and disqualified him from driving for 20 years. All other charges were taken into consideration.