Drive again and face prison, warns judge

Portlaoise courthouse.

Portlaoise courthouse.

An Abbeyleix man who was living out of his car after losing his house was last week fined and disqualified from driving for his second no insurance conviction.

Before the district court in Portlaoise was Kenneth Swayne, Tonduff, Abbeyleix, charged with no insurance at Grattan Street, Portlaoise, on November 11 last year.

He had 12 previous convictions, including three for drink driving and one for no insurance. His last drink driving conviction was on June 5, when he was disqualified from driving for six years and given two concurrent four-month sentences. The June 5 convictions are currently under appeal.

Defence, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick admitted her client had an appalling record, but said Swayne genuinely believed he had been insured on the day. She said he had been living out of his car at the time, having lost his business and house.

Judge William Early fined Swayne €300 and disqualified him from driving for four years.

“Were you to attempt to drive at any time in the future it is most likely a custodial sentence would be imposed,” warned Judge Early.


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