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Gerard Lenihan

Gerard Lenihan

Gerard Lenihan

A TRADESMAN caught drunk in charge of his car weeks after a ban for a similar offence took effect has been given a two-month suspended sentence.

Gerard Lenihan (50) admitted his second drink-driving offence in the space of four months at Blanchardstown District Court.

Banning him from driving for six years, Judge David McHugh warned that people with three drink-driving convictions faced jail.

Lenihan, with an address at Ballynakelly, Newcastle, Co Dublin, pleaded guilty to being drunk in charge of a vehicle with intent to drive at Collinstown Road, Dublin 22, last October 23.

He also admitted having no licence or insurance.

The court heard gardai saw the accused's car parked in an "odd manner" at 2.45am.

He was breath-tested and was over the limit.

Lenihan had one previous conviction for a drink-driving offence in June this year, when he was banned from driving for three years.

The court heard the ban had been deferred for three months and had only come into effect in September before the latest offence happened.

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The car he was in was his father-in-law's and he mistakenly thought the disqualification had not come into effect at the time, so he was not recklessly using it, his lawyer said.

The accused had no chronic drink problem.

He had no excuse for drinking before getting behind the wheel; both incidents were "very silly mistakes" and he had now lost his work because of them.

He had "suffered as a result of his own actions", his lawyer added.

Judge McHugh said it was of concern that the accused had re-offended in such a short space of time since the first incident.

"As a word of caution, it is the court's general view that where a person has managed to get three convictions for drink-driving, his liberty is almost certainly at issue," the judge said.

The accused was also fined and given a concurrent two-year ban for having no insurance. Judge McHugh suspended the two-month sentence for a year.

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