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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Prison term for driving offences

Published 09/10/2012 | 12:51

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A MAN who had received a two-month prison sentence for driving while disqualified and having no insurance appealed the severity of the District Court ruling at the Circuit Court.

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Trevor King, formerly of Springvale, Tubbercurry, and now residing in Edgeworthstown, had a number of previous convictions.

For driving while disqualified at Roadstown, Bunninadden, Ballymote, on April 4th, 2011, King had been sentenced to one month imprisonment and banned for six years. He received another one-month sentence for having no insurance and was disqualified for six years.

A one month concurrent sentence was imposed in respect of King having no driving licence.

State Solicitor, Mr. Hugh Sheridan, explained to Judge Tony Hunt that King had been stopped by Gardai in Bunninadden. He was known to the Gardai as being disqualified from driving.

Judge Hunt was informed that King (41) was "off the rails" at the time but had subsequently moved to Edgeworthstown.

Judge Hunt increased the sentence in respect of driving while disqualified to nine months, but suspended it for 12 months on condition that King enter a bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour.

He directed the preparation of a Probation Services report to determine King's suitability for 100 hours of community service in lieu of the six month sentence for the insurance offence and adjourned this matter to January.

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