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19 Aug 2022

Longford man disqualified from driving caught driving to court

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A banned driver who was caught at the wheel by gardaí as he attempted to make his way to court over an unrelated and separate incident has been disqualified for from driving for two and a half years.

William Maughan, 9 Dolmen Court, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford was stopped as he attempted to leave his home by Garda Yvonne Glacken following a row with his partner last Tuesday morning (January 8).

“He was after having a row with his partner and was due to be in court at 10:30am.

“He fully regrets his actions and doesn’t intend to drive in the future.”

Judge Hughes was informed that Mr Maughan was around 18 months into a disqualification and was not due to drive again until 2021.

The judge asked Garda Glacken if the incident was a “one off”, a question the garda said she couldn’t confirm or deny.

She said she came across Mr Maughan’s vehicle as she was in the process of turning into the estate where he lived, adding: “I knew he (Mr Maughan) was disqualified.”

Judge Hughes asked Mr Maughan if he had made amends with his partner following the incident, something the north Longford man indicated he was yet to do.

“I am after spending four hours in custody and I am not that happy in myself,” he responded.

Judge Hughes brought a close to the case by disqualifying Mr Maughan for a period of two years and six months while also fining him €250.

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