Thursday 22 February 2018

Pensioner's drink driving offences 'out of character'

A 71-year-old Enniscorthy pensioner, whose last licence expired at least 26 years ago, pleaded guilty on the double to drink drive charges at the District Court last week. He was given a suspended jail sentence for motor insurance offences.

Myles Roban of The Moyne was found to be over the limit on two occasions early last year – at Moyne Upper on February 21 and then at Cathedral Street on May 3. He had no valid insurance cover on either occasion.

The last licence to show up on the record expired in 1988, the court was told. Solicitor Niamh Moriarty stated that her client had retired a number of years ago and now drew a State pension. He had four adult children and four grandchildren.

She felt that what occurred was out of character on the part of a man who had no previous convictions and who was going through a bad patch at the time of the offences.

For being over the legal limit for alcohol at Cathedral Street, Roban was fined €300 and banned from driving for three years, with a further penalty of €300 for having no insurance.

He was further convicted of driving while over the limit at Moyne Upper with a fine of €300, plus a further fine of €100 for having no valid NCT.

A jail sentence of three months recorded for the second motor insurance conviction was suspended and Roban was banned from driving for four years.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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