Published 27/11/2012 | 10:30
A 47-YEAR- OLD man with a 'deplorable record' of drink driving and driving without insurance was sentenced to six months in prison and banned from driving for 10 years.
Diasombo Kambidica, Ballintree Village, Tyrrelstown, Blanchardstown, pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance on the M1 southbound at Lissenhall, Swords on May 25. The court heard following complaints from motorists of a car being driven very eratically on the motorway at 12.20am, gardai saw the defendant driving his car in very slowly. Garda Michael Doherty told the court that Kambidica was 'going in and out of traffic and causing major problems for traffic'. The defendant, added Garda Doherty, has four prior convictions for driving without insurance and two for drink driving. Fiona D'Arcy, solicitor for Kambidica, said that her client had been 'very foolish' and there was 'no excuse' for his behaviour. Ms D'Arcy asked the court to consider community service for her client as he is a father of seven young children and a custodial sentence would have a severe affect on his family. No matter what affect a custodial sentence would have on his family, Judge Dermot Dempsey stated that community service would not be appropriate due to the defendant's 'deplorable record'. Convicting Kambidica on the drink driving charge, Judge Dempsey imposed a €1,000 fine, payable immediately, sentenced him to four months in prison and disqualified him from driving for five years. On the no insurance conviction, Judge Dempsey imposed a two month consecutive sentence and banned him from driving for 10 years.