Wednesday 17 January 2018

Security guard caught driving without insurance was on his way to get medicine for his sick daughter

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Eimear Cotter

A security guard caught driving without insurance was on his way to get medicine for his daughter.

Patrick Collins (20) apologised for getting behind the wheel of his car, but said he was very worried about his child.

Collins, of Avila Gardens, Finglas, admitted the offence when he appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

He also admitted giving gardai a false name, address and date of birth.

The court heard that officers stopped Collins in Westend Village in Blanchardstown on April 21.

When asked to produce his insurance documents, he panicked and "foolishly" provided gardai with false details, said Simon Fleming, defending.

The court heard that Collins had never been in trouble before.

Mr Fleming said Collins came from a Traveller background and he and his wife married very young.

In relation to the motoring offences, the court heard Collins was going to Blanchardstown to buy some ointment for his daughter.

Mr Fleming said she had been sick and was attending hospital.

She had been having breathing difficulties and the ointment had been recommended to Collins.

Mr Fleming said his client made a "foolish decision" to drive while uninsured, but he was very worried about his child.

The court heard that Collins was a promising boxer in his teens and is still an avid gym-goer.

Mr Fleming asked Judge David McHugh not to ban Collins as he needs his car to get to work.

Collins was fined €200 but was not disqualified from driving.

Herald

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