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Dad is jailed for driving while banned

A STABLE lad who borrowed a friend's van so he could visit his girlfriend even though he was already serving a driving ban has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Lee Murphy (22) admitted he had no excuse for driving and begged a judge not to send him to jail.

Judge Michael Coghlan sentenced Murphy to five months in prison.

The defendant, of The Sycamores, Clonshaugh Woods, Dublin 17, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to two counts of driving without insurance or a driving licence at Wellmount Road in Finglas on August 24 and at the N2 in Finglas on July 26.

Garda Sergeant Mary Doherty said Murphy was stopped twice by gardai, first for breaking a red light and secondly for driving at high speed.

Sgt Doherty said Murphy was asked to produce his driving licence and insurance but he failed to produce them.

The court heard Murphy has 28 previous convictions, and was serving a two-year driving ban at the time of these offences.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Murphy, a father of one, worked as a stable lad and had dedicated his life to working with horses.

In relation to one of the incidents, Mr O'Doherty said the defendant received a call from his girlfriend and he borrowed a van from the stable yard so he could visit her.

He said Murphy had no excuse for his behaviour.

Judge Coghlan said Murphy's driving record was horrendous, that he was disqualified on three previous occasions and had not changed his driving habits.

The judge sentenced Murphy to five months in prison.