A Longford man appeared in front of Longford District Court recently on foot of ten traffic offences.
Paul Kelly, 35 Oakvale, Longford, came before Judge Seamus Hughes in July following an incident at Richmond Street, Longford on September 15, 2015.
Inspector Padraig Jones explained that on the date in question, the defendant was driving “erratically” in Longford, near the Longford Arms Hotel. When stopped by gardaí, he gave his name as Paul O’Reilly. Mr Kelly was also driving without insurance. He was arrested and brought to Longford Garda Station and it was discovered that he had a blood alcohol level of 67mg/100ml.
In mitigation, Solicitor for the accused, Ms Bríd Mimnagh, explained that her client pleaded guilty from the beginning and that he had lost one job a number of weeks ago and was now on a trial period in another role.
“He has one child aged six months and he’s engaged. He’s involved in martial arts,” she continued, before adding that when he had lost his job, he was anxious to find another as quickly as possible.
“Ms Mimnagh, you’re making me feel bad,” Judge Hughes retorted.
Directly addressing the Judge, Mr Kelly admitted; “At the time my girlfriend was seven months pregnant. I was more worried about her finding out [about the incident] than anyone else!”
For driving under the influence, Mr Kelly was fined €250 and disqualified from driving for four years He received a further €150 fine for giving a false name. Finally, forhaving no insurance, Mr Kelly was fined €250 and disqualified from driving for two years. All other charges were struck out.