02 Oct 2022

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for four years

Longford District Court: Disqualified from driving for four years

A man who appeared at last week’s district court sitting in Longford charged under the Road Traffic Act was disqualified from driving for four years.  

Kamil Piech (24), 9 Palace Drive, Longford appeared before Judge Seamus Hughes charged with driving while over the legal limit of alcohol at Lanesboro, Longford on July 13, 2016. 

He was also further charged with driving without a driving licence on the same date.  

Outlining the case to the court, Garda Orla Finneran said that on the date in question she was on patrol when she observed the defendant driving a car.

The court heard that the car being driven by the defendant was owned by another person and he was not insured to drive it.  

Garda Finneran also told the court that when the defendant was cautioned after being charged, he replied “I admit it was me but due to a family situation, I was driving”. 

The court also heard that an intoxilyzer test indicated a reading of 94 mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and further investigations proved that the defendant was not insured on the car he was driving at the time of the incident.  

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor Frank Gearty indicated that his client was pleading guilty to the charges before the court.

He also admitted that on the date in question, the defendant had “gone out for a spin in the car with drink on board”. 

“He did this silly thing,” Mr Gearty continued. 

“He is a young Polish man who has never even had a driving licence and has a little daughter.” 

Following his deliberations on the matter, Judge Hughes convicted the defendant and fined him €250 in respect of each charge before the court. 

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