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Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court

Balbriggan District Court

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A learner driver with 43 previous convictions who was stopped while driving with no insurance has been given a six month driving ban at Balbriggan District Court.

Wayne McDermott (38), Clonard Street, Balbriggan pleaded guilty to having no insurance, driving while unaccompanied by a qualified driver and failing to display L plates.

Sergeant Teri Ferguson told the court McDermott was stopped by gardaí at around 7.30pm on January 21, 2020 at Gibbons Terrace, Balbriggan.

A lawful demand was made for him to produce insurance but he failed to do so.

She said the defendant has 43 previous convictions, nearly all of which are for road traffic.

The most recent conviction dates back to 2012, she added.

The solicitor for the defence said McDermott is a father of three who isn’t working at present due to mental health difficulties.

However, he said the defendant does have a good work history for over 20 years prior to his health issues.

He said the 38-year-old plans to set up a business with his friend once he is fit to work again but he would need a car to do this.

He asked the judge to be as lenient as he could.

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Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a €300 fine for no insurance and said he would impose a six month driving disqualification under the circumstances instead of the two year period.

He imposed a €75 fine for failing to display L plates and a further €100 fine for driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver.


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