Tuesday 24 April 2018

Drogheda motorist (29) had no insurance for the sixth time

A 29-year-old man who drove without insurance for the sixth time has avoided a prison sentence after he was deemed suitable for community service work.

Ian O'Driscoll, who has five previous no insurance convictions, one previous driving while disqualified and one conviction for drink driving, drove while he was under a driving ban, Drogheda District Court heard.

O'Driscoll, of Rathmullen Park in Drogheda pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on December 10th, 2016 at Main Street in Duleek. He further pleaded guilty to driving without a driving licence on the same date.

He received a five month suspended sentence and was disqualified from driving for five years in March 2015.

Defence solicitor Paul Moore said O'Driscoll acknowledges he has a 'bad record.'

'He was in the latter end of the disqualification and he couldn't get insurance. He knows he shouldn't have been behind the wheel,' said Mr Moore.

'He holds out hope for getting work but could find himself in jail today. But he is hoping community service could be an alternative,' said Mr Moore.

After O'Driscoll was deemed suitable for community service work by the Probation Services, Judge Flann Brennan convicted and sentenced him to 120 hours work in lieu of six months in prison for having no insurance. He also imposed a three year driving ban.

Drogheda Independent