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28 Nov 2021

Ballymahon man drove without insurance, court is told

'It was a foolish thing to do'

A man who appeared before Longford District Court last week charged under the Road Traffic Act was disqualified from driving for five years and fined €350 following a hearing into the matter.

Iago Felipe de Rocha 20 Moy Court, Ballymahon, Co Longford appeared before Judge Fiona Lydon charged with driving without insurance and non display of a disc last year.

Outlining the evidence to the court, Inspector Bláthín Moran said that on the date in question at approximately 8:10pm, Garda Conroy stopped the defendant and made a lawful demand for an NCT certificate, driving licence and insurance certificate.

The court heard that none of the documentation was subsequently produced.

Inspector Moran pointed out that the tax on the vehicle was out since the October 2016.

The court also heard that the defendant had 13 previous convictions two of which were for driving without insurance.

In mitigation, the defendant’s solicitor said that her client was a 23-year-old man who had a six week old child and fully accepted that he had driven on the date in question without insurance.

“He had purchased the car and had fully intended to insure the vehicle; he drove to the shops and fully accepts that it was a foolish thing to do,” she added.

“He is presently unemployed and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.”

The solicitor went on to say that her client was unemployed at the time of the offence also and regretted his behaviour.

During her deliberations, Judge Lydon said that the defendant was now before the courts for the third time over driving without insurance.

She imposed a four month prison sentence but suspended it for 12 months, disqualified the defendant from driving for five years and fined him €350.

“The suspended sentence should keep this young man focused,” the Judge concluded.

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