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Teen soldier is facing prison

A SOLDIER is facing a possible jail sentence and a court martial after he was caught repeatedly driving without insurance, a court heard.

Father-of-one Gary McQuillan (19), a three-star private in the Defence Forces, stationed at Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, was warned by a judge it was likely he would be sent to prison.

He is currently facing disciplinary procedures after going AWOL for three weeks following a row with his girlfriend.

McQuillan, of Moyclare Park, Baldoyle, was before Dublin District Court on three counts of uninsured driving on January 31, 2009, March 27, 2009 and May 10 last year.

Judge Catherine Murphy adjourned the case to July.

"I am not ruling out at all a custodial sentence," she said.

Mum refused to help gardai

A MOTHER of three refused to tell gardai who was driving her car after it was involved in a collision, a court heard.

Olivia Theresa Connors (21) said she accepted full responsibility for not helping with garda enquiries, while her lawyer said there was "a question of influence" by a third party.

Connors, of Nutgrove Crescent in Rathfarnham, admitted at Tallaght District Court to failing to identify to gardai who was driving her vehicle on on Nutgrove Avenue on July 14, 2009.

Judge James McDonnell fined Connors €500.

Biker 'almost hit children'

A YOUTH who nearly ran over three children while doing 80kph on a scrambler motorcycle has been remanded on bail pending sentence.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at the Children's Court to dangerous driving, having no licence or motor insurance as well as no licence plate and not wearing a helmet, in connection with a high-speed pursuit, in Finglas, in Dublin, on May 12 last year.

Garda Niall Bright said the children, aged eight to ten years, were playing in a park and were just two to three feet from the bike as it turned.

The judge adjourned sentencing until June.