‘Chequered history’ of uninsured driver

A Portlaoise man with “a very chequered history” was fined last week for driving without insurance.

A Portlaoise man with “a very chequered history” was fined last week for driving without insurance.

Trevor McAleer, 109 St Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, had no licence or insurance, when he was stopped driving at Church Street, Portlaoise, on March 23 this year.

He had 42 previous convictions.

“He has a very chequered history,” admitted defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that McAleer’s sister had died a few days previous to the incident and a friend of his was attending the funeral. As his friend was unfamiliar with Portlaoise, McAleer took the decision to assist her driving. He is currently serving a prison sentence and “may wish to seek to drive a vehicle” when released, she said.

McAleer was fined €300.