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Thursday 24 April 2014

Motorist who drove while banned jailed

HANDED FOUR-MONTH TERM

A 31-YEAR- OLD Latvian who drove while disqualified was sentenced to four months in prison and given a six year driving ban at Balbriggan District Court.

Aleksejs Kulikovs, Sadler's Place, Lusk, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance at Chapel Road, Lusk on April 30. Mr Kulikovs was currently banned from driving at the time due to a drink driving conviction. Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed the prison sentence and driving ban on a convicton for no insurance and also imposed a fine of 200 euro for driving without a licence. The charge of driving while disqualified was taken into consideration by Judge Dempsey who did not impose any additional penalty. Ms Fiona Kelly, solicitor for Mr Kulikovs, said that her client knew he should not have been driving while disqualified. However, as the friend who normally drives him to work was sick, he 'stupidly' drove on the day out of fear that he would lose his job. Ms Kelly said that her client was very apologetic and she asked if the court would consider imposing a community service order. Judge Dempsey stated that as the defendant has two prior convictions for drink driving and refusing to give a breath specimen, community service would not be appropriate. Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal and Mr Kulikovs was released on bail before the end of the court sitting when a friend was accepted by the court as an independent bail person.

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