Four-month sentence and 15-year road ban for 23-year-old man with 123 convictions

A 23-year-old Laois man with 136 criminal convictions will hopefully “have matured in his attitude to driving” by the time he is released from prison.

A 23-year-old Laois man with 136 criminal convictions will hopefully “have matured in his attitude to driving” by the time he is released from prison.

That was the mitigation put forward at last week’s court by the solicitor for Sean Coss, previously of Laois but currently with an address at Pallas Park, Blueball, Tullamore.

Coss was charged with driving with no NCT, driving licence or insurance, at Fairgreen, Portlaoise, on April 15.

Garda Michael O’Donovan gave evidence that he observed Coss driving on the day and when he stopped him, Garda O’Donovan noticed that there was no tax or insurance displayed on the car. “(Coss) told me he had no insurance and handed over the keys,” said Garda O’Donovan.

Coss has several convictions among his 136 previous for driving without insurance.

“His driving record is absolutely appalling,” admitted defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.

Ms Fitzpatrick said that Coss’ wife had been pregnant and on the day he had been driving her to the hospital.

Coss is currently serving a prison sentence with a release date of April 8 next year, and will hopefully “have matured in his attitude to driving,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

For no insurance, Coss was sentenced to four months in prison and disqualified from driving for 15 years. The other charges were taken into consideration.