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Sorin Rafael was fined €200 and banned for four years. Photo: Steve Humphreys PH

Sorin Rafael was fined €200 and banned for four years. Photo: Steve Humphreys PH

Sorin Rafael was fined €200 and banned for four years. Photo: Steve Humphreys PH

A motorist caught driving without insurance has been told by a judge that he faces jail if he appears before the court again on similar charges.

It was the third time Sorin Rafael had appeared before a court charged with driving without insurance.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined him €200 and banned him for four years.

He was also ordered to complete 116 hours of community service work in lieu of four months in prison.

Balbriggan District Court previously heard that Rafael, of Moylaragh Park, Balbriggan, was stopped by gardai in Harry Reynolds Road, Balbriggan, on December 18, 2016.

He was told to produce his insurance at a garda station of his choice within 10 days but failed to do so.

Convictions

He was driving without insurance at the time, the court heard.

Rafael (30) pleaded guilty to the offence. He also admitted driving without a licence on the same date.

Rafael had two previous convictions for driving without insurance and two previous convictions for drink-driving, Judge Dempsey was told.

A court was previously told that he had gastric problems and suffered medical difficulties.

He was also not working and had two children, the court heard.

Rafael wished to apologise for his behaviour, Judge Dempsey was told.

Handing down the sentence, the judge said: "If you appear again before me on similar charges, you will be facing six months in prison."


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