Succumbed to temptation to drive

A POLISH national who admitted to driving without a licence or insurance while he was disqualified was among the people convicted of road traffic offences at last week’s district court.

A POLISH national who admitted to driving without a licence or insurance while he was disqualified was among the people convicted of road traffic offences at last week’s district court.

Lukasz Bratz, 35 Blossom Court, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, committed the offence at Clonehurk, Ballyfin, on April 5.

Defence, Mr Declan Breen said Bratz had bought the car very cheaply to sell on at a profit, but he and a friend had decided to take it for a test run first.

“He succumbed to temptation,” said Mr Breen.

As Bratz had breached a court order by driving while disqualified, Judge Staines said she had to impose a sentence. The judge sentenced him to three months in prison, but she suspended that for two years, and disqualified him from driving for six years.

“If you drive again you’ll go to prison,” warned Judge Staines.

Also before last week’s court was David Mahon, Athy Road, Stradbally, who was fined €100 for driving at 69km/h in a 50km zone, at the Athy Road, Stradbally, on April 19.

Mary Dowling, 26 Highfield Meadows, Borris Road, Portlaoise, was fined €100 for travelling at 77km/h in a 60km zone, at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on May 8.

Richard Scully, Newtown, Ballyroan, was fined €100 for travelling at 76km/h in a 60km zone, at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on May 8.

Adrian Voronganu, 43A Garden Village, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise, was fined €150 for driving at 71km/h in a 60km zone, at Kilminchy, Portlaoise, on May 8.

And Remona Farrell, 3 Lord Edward Street, Mountmellick, was fined €100 for travelling at 68km/h in a 50km zone, at Irishtown, Mountmellick, on May 6.