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10 Aug 2022

Portlaoise man off the road for twice driving uninsured

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Portlaoise man off the road for twice driving uninsured

A Portlaoise man has been put off the road for six years and given a suspended sentence after being stopped by gardaí driving without a licence or insurance on two consecutive days.

Before a recent sitting of Portlaoise District Court was John O’Shea (27), with an address at 13 Lakeglen, Portlaoise.

He was charged with driving with no licence or insurance, on September 21 and again on September 22 last.

Sgt JJ Kirby said the accused had a number of previous convictions, including two for no insurance.

Judge Catherine Staines noted that the accused had twice driven uninsured while disqualified.

Defence, Mr Barry Fitzgerald said his client had an appalling road traffic record.

Defence said the accused had addiction issues, which went some way to indicating his state of mind at the time of the offending.

Asked Judge Catherine Staines: “When he was stopped on November 21, did he not think, ‘I’d better not get into the car again’?”

Mr Fitzgerald said the accused is a young man with six children who was asking the court for a chance.

Defence asked the court to perhaps imposes a suspended sentence on the accused.

The accused was given a six-month sentence, suspended for one year, and disqualified from driving for six years.

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