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Man caught driving with no insurance was 'doing a favour for a sick friend'

A MOTORIST caught driving without insurance was doing a sick friend a favour by bringing his car home, a court heard.

Ivo Janmars (29) begged a judge not to put him off the road, saying he was just setting up a new car shop business.

Judge Patrick Clyne fined Janmars €500 and banned him for two years.

The defendant, of Taylor's Point in Rush, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Garda David Smith said he stopped Janmars driving a white Audi A6 at Main Street in Swords on July 19 last year.


Garda Smith asked Janmars to produce his driving licence and certificate of insurance, but he failed to produce them.

The court heard the defendant has 10 previous convictions, though none was for driving without insurance.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the defendant was doing a favour for a sick friend and bringing his car from the garage to his home.

Ms D'Arcy said Janmars accepts what he did was wrong and he will never again drive without insurance.