Saturday 18 November 2017

'He can be a pain in the backside', mum of teen caught driving without insurance tells court

Conor McKenna
Conor McKenna

Eimear Cotter

A JUDGE has told a teenager caught driving without insurance that “it’s about time he started doing some type of work”.

Judge Victor Blake said Conor McKenna (19) seemed like a fit and healthy young man and there was no reason why he should not be working.

McKenna’s solicitor, Fiona D’Arcy, said the defendant, a keen soccer player, left school after his Junior Certificate, and while he was waiting for a course he was “not really sure what he wants to do”.

Judge Blake fined McKenna €550 and banned him from driving for two years.

The defendant, of The Inlet, Kelly’s Bay, Skerries, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a licence at Westbrook Park, Balbriggan.

Gda Tony O’Connor said he stopped McKenna driving a 1996-registered vehicle shortly before 11pm last July 17.

He said McKenna admitted at the scene that he was not insured and had no licence.


Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said McKenna spent some time in hospital last year and went through a difficult time after he was released.

She said he does not have a car and was no longer driving. He was young and foolish at the time, but has “learnt his lesson”.

McKenna’s mother told the court her son is “in general a good lad”, but can also be “a pain in the backside”.


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