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25 Jan 2022

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for four years

Drove without insurance

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for four years

A man who appeared at Longford District Court last week charged under the Road Traffic Act was disqualified from driving for four years following a hearing into the matter.

Jason McDonnell, 71 Ardnacassa, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with driving without insurance at Ardnacassa Avenue, Longford on September 2, 2015.

The defendant was also further charged with driving without a driving licence and without insurance at Earl Street, Longford on October 14, 2015.

After the facts were outlined to the court, Superintendent Fergus Traynor said the defendant held 26 previous convictions, most of which were in respect of road traffic matters.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Trish Cronin said her client had not been disqualified from driving in early September, but that by the time it reached September 22, Mr McDonnell’s disqualification would most certainly have “kicked in”.

“He is a young married man who no longer has access to a vehicle,” she added.

“He recently joined Job Path and CTEC in an effort to find employment.

“It has been made very clear to him the consequences of his actions.”

Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes imposed a two month suspended prison sentence and disqualified the defendant from driving for a period of four years.

The Judge also fined the defendant €650 in respect of the matter.

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