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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Disqualified dad drove tot to creche

SUSPENDED SENTENCE AND SIX YEAR BAN

A FATHER of one, who drove his daughter to the creche while he had no licence or insurance, received a six month suspended sentence, and was put off the road for six years.

Paul Coyle (30), 33 Ringfort Ave, Skerries, also admitted to having no licence, insurance, NCT or tax when he was stopped at Round Towers, Lusk, on February 19 last year. He was also disqualified for four years at the time of both offences. Speaking for the defendant, solicitor Donogh Mcgowan said his client had foolishly decided to drop his two-year-old daughter to creche 'as his fiance was not fit for driving'. 'It is not an excuse, it is more an explanation,' he told the court. 'In the second charge, he was aware that he wasn't insured when he was putting petrol in a racing car before bringing it to Mondello, and only drove a short distance.' The defendant, who is an unemployed construction worker, looks after his young daughter fulltime and his fiance is expecting another baby. 'You are not looking after her very well if you are driving her around while uninsured,' said Judge Dermot Dempsey. Mr. Mcgowan said his client realises he should have let his brother drive, and asked if the judge would consider community service instead of a custodial sentence in this case. 'He accepts his behaviour was unacceptable and was remanded in custody previously and has no wish to repeat the experience.' Judge Dempey sentenced the defendant to six months, suspended for two years, provided he enter into a peace bond of €200. He was also fined €400 and disqualified from driving for six years. He was fined a further €100 for having no licence, with all the other charges taken into consideration.

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