Drove with no tax and NCT three times

A Portlaoise man who was caught driving without tax or NCT on three occasions within a matter of weeks was among the people who appeared before last week’s district court on motoring offences.

A Portlaoise man who was caught driving without tax or NCT on three occasions within a matter of weeks was among the people who appeared before last week’s district court on motoring offences.

Donal O’Shea, 30 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, was charged with no NCT, no tax, and no registration discs, on November 21 and November 25, 2012.

He was also charged with no NCT or tax, on December 8, 2012.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick said that O’Shea took the first vehicle off the road after the November offences, and was using a temporary vehicle on December 8.

She said that O’Shea had bought a car from a friend, but there were issues with it which meant it would not pass the NCT. She said that O’Shea is now not driving.

“He should have had his house in order,” admitted Ms Fitzpatrick.

“One would have thought,” said Judge Catherine Staines, “that when stopped on the first occasion one would desist, but he carried on breaking the law.”

“He’s not now driving,” reiterated Ms Fitzpatrick.

“He won’t be driving for some time,” retorted the judge.

Fines of €300 and €150 were imposed, and O’Shea was disqualified from driving for two years.

Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.

Also before the court was Derek McGann, 59 Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, who was charged with drink driving at Kilnacourt Woods, on June 26, 2012.

Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence that McGann was driving in an erratic manner. A blood sample revealed 181mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

He was fined €300 and disqualified from driving for three years.

And Patrick Lee, The Rock, Mountmellick, was charged with drink driving at Bridge Street, Mountmellick, on October 6 this year.

He had 46mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

He was fined €300 and disqualified for two years.