Uninsured driver never held licence

A NORTH Kerry man charged with driving without insurance for the 11th time has admitted in court that he never held a driving licence in his life.

Michael O'Brien of 10 Carraig Geal, Abbeydorney, is currently serving a 17 month jail sentence for fraud and theft, along with a number of road traffic offences, Listowel District Court heard last Wednesday.

Mr O'Brien, who has 64 previous convictions - inclding 10 for driving with no insurance - pleaded guilty to driving uninsured in Ballyduff on January 28 last.

Solicitor Pat Enright asked Judge Mary Larkin not to extend Mr O'Brien's prison term as he suffers from depression and his family is worried about him. He added that Mr O'Brien is finding prison very difficult and that his time in jail is making him appreciate his liberty all the more.

Judge Larkin said that driving without insurance was obviously an ongoing theme for Mr O'Brien and on hearing that he has never held a driving licence, she imposed a three month sentence and banned the defendant from driving for 10 years. Mr O'Brien was also fined €3,000 to be paid forthwith.