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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Motorist drove under influence while banned

GIVEN SUSPENDED SENTENCE AND SEVEN-YEAR BAN

Published 22/01/2013 | 15:15

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A MAN who drove while under the influence of alcohol and with no insurance while disqualified from driving avoided a custodial sentence after he was handed a four-month suspended sentence and a seven year driving ban.

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Judge Dermot Dempsey remarked at Swords District Court that ' a custodial sentence was more likely' after he heard that Raimundas Samusis drove within a year of receiving a three-year disqualification for drink driving. Samusis of Grange Park Road in Raheny pleaded guilty to drink-driving on October 18th, 2012 at Rivervalley Road in Swords. The 28-year-old further pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on the same date. Garda Fiona Gleeson gave evidence that she stopped a silver Opel Vectra and could smell an intoxicant from the driver. Samusis was arrested and brought to Ballymun Garda Station where it was discovered he was a disqualified driver. He gave a breath sample of 10mg/100ml. Defence solicitor Ms Fiona Darcy said the 28-year-old who works in a supermarket in Donabate had no excuse as to why he drove when he shouldn't have. 'He is aware he is facing a lengthy disqualification and he is very sorry and assures the court it won't happen again. He doesn't own a car,' she added. 'He ran out of money and made a stupid decision to drive a car. If he receives a custodial sentence he will lose his job. He is asking for one last chance,' said Ms Darcy. Judge Dempsey warned Samusis that if he is convicted of further offences he will go to prison. 'You can't be flying in the face of the law,' Judge Dempsey told Samusis and handed him a four-month suspended sentence for drink-driving, bound him to the peace for two years and disqualified him from driving for five years. He further fined him €750 for driving with no insurance and disqualified him from driving for a further two years.

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