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My life in peril -- illegal driver

A FATHER-of-three caught driving his wife's car without insurance believed his and his family's life was "in peril" at the time, a court heard.

Sean Finnegan (43) was forced to move his family away from Dublin after his home was firebombed and his windows smashed.

His solicitor Andrew Sheridan said these incidents took place two days after he was stopped by gardai, and he was stressed out.

Judge James McDonnell said Finnegan had previous convictions for driving without insurance and sentenced him to four months in prison.

Finnegan, of Gorey, Co Wexford, admitted at Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or driving licence. He was also banned from driving for four years.

Roundabout mix-up driver

A FATHER-of-three was so high on a mix of sleeping tablets and methadone that he drove the wrong way around a roundabout, a court heard.

Wayne Keating (32) got behind the wheel of the car because he was anxious to see his mother, who was due to have an operation.

He shouldn't have been driving the vehicle as he was serving a 15-year driving ban.

Judge James McDonnell ordered a report and adjourned the matter to a date in December.

Keating, of Knockmore Drive in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght Court to driving without insurance or a dlicence near his home.

Assault claim with steel chain

A CONSTRUCTION worker has been accused of attacking his cousin with a steel chain in a doorstep assault after the pair had a row over the phone.

Jason Quigley (38) allegedly left the victim needing seven stitches to a cut to his head.

Quigley, of Redwood Walk in Kilnamanagh, appeared before Tallaght District Court. He is also alleged to have smashed a front porch window after he confronted his cousin at his aunt's house.

He is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court.

Judge James McDonnell adjourned the matter for eight weeks for the service of the book of evidence.