Fined and off the road for four years

A Laois man formerly living in Portlaoise but now with an address in Rosenallis was last week fined and put off the road for four years having been convicted of motoring and drug offences.

A Laois man formerly living in Portlaoise but now with an address in Rosenallis was last week fined and put off the road for four years having been convicted of motoring and drug offences.

Before the district court was Dean Kellet, formerly of The Village, Portlaoise, but now living at Knockanowl, Rosenallis, charged with motoring offences on two separate dates.

At Main Street, Portlaoise, on August 6, 2011, he was charged with driving with no NCT, road tax, or licence; and charged with the unlawful possession of drugs.

At the Timahoe Road, Portlaoise, on October 2, 2011, he was charged with driving with no licence, insurance, road tax, NCT, and non display of insurance disc.

He had previous convictions for motoring offences.

Defence solicitor said that during this period in his life Kellet had been working as a security man and was “getting paid too much.” As a result he had the money to buy two cars, and was also drinking too much.

“He accepts his driving was completely wrong,” said defence. “He’s no longer driving and will comply with the disqualifications.”

For the August 6 offences, Kellet was fined €100 for drug possession, and €200 for no tax. The other matters were taken into consideration.

For the October 2 offences, he was fined €150 for no NCT, and for no insurance he was fined €200 and disqualified from driving for four years. Other matters were taken into consideration.

He was also charged with drug possession on September 27, 2011. This matter has gone back to November 18 for hearing.