Longford District Court: 'Lucky escape' from sentence

Longford District Court: 'Lucky escape' from sentence

“You’re a lucky man you’re not going to prison today.”

Those were the words of Judge Seamus Hughes, as he addressed Oisin McCann, who has addresses at 2 Keeldra Avenue, Battery Road, Longford and 4 Beechwood, Prospect Woods, Longford, who appeared before him at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.

Mr McCann pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and having no insurance on the Ballinalee Road, Longford in June of this year and to a charge of failing to appear before Longford District Court on July 26 last. The court heard that on June 27, 2016 at approximately 11.55am, a vehicle was observed on Main Street, Longford by a local sergeant, who identified the driver as the defendant. The driver then accelerated and drove at speed out the Ballinalee Road, ran a red light and went through a busy junction, turning right in front of oncoming traffic. He maintained speed through a housing estate and came to a sudden stop before attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended and arrested and it was found that he had no insurance. 

“He is not seeking to excuse his behaviour,” said Mr McCann’s Solicitor, Ms Fiona Baxter, explaining that her client had been behind on rent and had purchased the vehicle in order to sell on to get the necessary money. She also pointed out that he currently has no vehicle in his possession.

By way of mitigation, Ms Baxter told the court that the 19-year-old left school before completing his Junior Cert, but he was doing mechanic work. 

Telling Mr McCann that he was a lucky man not to be going to prison, Judge Hughes disqualified him from driving for four years for the dangerous driving. He also handed down a four month prison sentence, which he suspended for three years and fined Mr McCann €400. For having no insurance, Mr McCann was fined a further €400. Mr McCann’s failure to come to a previous court sitting was taken into consideration.