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26 Jun 2022

Man caught speeding in Ballymahon while disqualified is hit with eight year ban

Longford Courthouse.

A man who was found to be driving while disqualified after he was caught speeding has been fined €200 for driving without a licence, €350 for driving without insurance and disqualified for eight years

A man who was found to be driving while disqualified after he was caught speeding has been fined €200 for driving without a licence, €350 for driving without insurance and disqualified for eight years.

Francis Sherlock, Brosna Lodge, Clara, Co Offaly, was stopped by Gardaí at a speed checkpoint at Creevagh- beg, Ballymahon, shortly after 6.30pm on January 1, 2022. On inspection, Gardaí found Mr Sherlock, who has 34 previous convictions, to be disqualified.

“He has a purebred dog which had come into season and he was bringing her to the breeder,” explained solicitor, Bríd Mimnagh.

“He was 11km over the speed limit and that’s why he got caught. To be fair to Gardaí, the dog was picked up from the station and brought on for the business to be done.”

Judge Bernadette Owens noted that Mr Sherlock “comes before the court with relevant serious convictions” and fined him a total of €550 with nine months to pay, disqualifying him from driving for eight years.

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