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Driver begs for licence to 'bring his mum to shops'

Eimear Cotter

Published 17/11/2015 | 06:56

Swords District Court
Swords District Court

A young driver has begged a judge not to put him off the road because he needs his licence so he can bring his mother to the shops.

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Daniel Maughan (20) has claimed that his mother depends on him to get around.

He said that he was willing to accept any punishment from the court but was anxious not to be disqualified.

Judge Patricia McNamara fined Maughan €750 and banned him from driving for two years.

The defendant, with an address at Carton Road in Ballymun, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or an NCT certificate.

The incident took place at Carrig Road in Ballymun on September 3, 2014.

Stopped

Garda Michael McCallion said he was on mobile patrol shortly before 7pm when he came across Maughan driving a 2011-registered Volkswagen Golf.

Gda McCallion said he stopped Maughan and asked him to produce his insurance certificate at a garda station within 10 days but he failed to produce it.

The court heard that Maughan has 15 previous convictions, including one previous conviction for driving without insurance.

In relation to that no-insurance matter, Maughan was fined but he escaped a driving ban, the court heard.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said that Maughan did have an insurance policy and he was paying €3,000 for car insurance.

Ms D'Arcy said the defendant was paying the money in instalments but he missed the last two payments and, as a result, the policy was cancelled.

The solicitor said Maughan was anxious about getting a driving disqualification as he is the only person around to help his mother.

Ms D'Arcy said the defendant's mother depends on him and he drives her to the shops and wherever else she needs to go.

The court heard Maughan is unemployed and in receipt of social welfare and he previously completed a FAS cookery course.

Ms D'Arcy said Maughan has poor literacy skills and this is possibly a reason why his insurance policy was allowed to lapse.

She said Maughan was willing to accept any punishment from the court but hoped to avoid a disqualification.

Judge McNamara said she could disqualify Maughan for four years, but she would leave the ban at two years.

The judge also fixed recognisances for an appeal.

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