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Ex-bouncer says he will never drive a car again

A FORMER bouncer who was caught driving without insurance twice within a fortnight has said he doesn't plan to ever drive again and he's tired of getting into trouble with the gardai.

Derek Hughes (54) said he recently spent some time in custody, which wasn't a pleasant experience, and he wants to get far away from prison and crime. He begged a judge not to send him to jail, saying he wants to concentrate on looking after his wife and daughter.

The defendant, with an address at Brookview Rise in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of driving without insurance, as well as driving without a driving licence, road tax and NCT certificate.

The incidents took place at Rossfield Avenue on February 21, 2009, and at Brookview Avenue on March 9 last year.



Unemployed

Defence solicitor Kevin Tunney said Hughes was involved in a serious car crash in the 1990s and has suffered health problems ever since. He most recently worked as a bouncer, but is unemployed.

Mr Tunney said Hughes realised he was at risk of going to jail, but he asked the judge not to imprison him, saying he was in custody recently and he didn't enjoy it. Mr Tunney said he doesn't plan to get behind the wheel of a car ever again.

Judge James McDonnell fined Hughes €1,000, banned him from driving for eight years and imposed a 12-month sentence suspended for three years.

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