Saturday 24 March 2018

Man who drove one year into four-year driving ban is jailed for four months

Balbriggan District Court
Balbriggan District Court

A man who drove his car only a year after he received a four year driving ban has been further disqualified and sentenced to four months in prison.

Edwin Akandu (44) received a four year driving ban in July 2012 for a driving offence he committed in May 2007.

Akandu of Castlemartin Avenue, Eastham Road in Bettystown pleaded guilty before Balbriggan District Court to driving while disqualified, having no tax and insurance and no driving licence when he was stopped by gardai on October 31st, 2013 at Drogheda Street in Balbriggan.

The court heard Akandu has 12 previous convictions including a four year prison sentence from 2000 for importing drugs.

Defence counsel Patrick Jackson said 'the offences speak for themselves,' and that on the day Akandu was stopped, he was driving an English registered Mercedes, which he had planned to export to Nigeria.

'He is in the recycling clothes business and hasn't been a burden on the State,' added Mr Jackson.

Judge Dempsey said Akandu was disqualified from driving and 'a little over a year later he gets into a car and drives.'

'He doesn't seem to have any regard to the Road Traffic Act and I cannot tolerate that,' said Judge Dempsey.

He convicted and sentenced Akandu to four months in prison and disqualified him from driving for six years for having no insurance.

He fixed recognisance in the event of an appeal.

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