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Uninsured stunt driver begs judge not to hand him ban

A STUNT driver caught driving without insurance has begged a judge not to put him off the road as he is a single parent who needs his driving licence to bring his children to school.

Martin Deegan (30) apologised for driving without insurance, saying that his former partner walked out on him around the time he was caught.

The court heard that Deegan has worked as a stunt driver on a number of successful movies including Get Rich or Die Tryin' starring rapper 50 Cent, The Honeymooners and Murphy's Law, a BBC drama starring James Nesbitt as an undercover police officer.

Judge Anthony Halpin adjourned the matter to March for sentencing.

The defendant, with an address at Brookview Drive in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance.

Garda Damien Reilly said he stopped Deegan at Brookfield Road in Tallaght shortly before noon on July 6, 2011.

Gda Reilly said he asked Deegan to produce his insurance documentation, which he failed to do.

The court heard Deegan has a previous conviction for no insurance.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Deegan is now a full-time dad to his two daughters.

INCIDENT

Mr Hennessy said the defendant's partner has her own difficulties and she left the family home around the time of this incident.

The solicitor said Deegan has since moved out of Tallaght and is living in the countryside and needs to be able to drive to bring his children to school.

In relation to his previous no-insurance conviction, Mr Hennessy said Deegan was convicted in his absence, and though he had insurance at the time, he never appealed the conviction.

The solicitor also said Deegan had provided gardai with details of his insurance policies for the last six years.

Mr Hennessy asked the judge not to disqualify the defendant and to leave him without a conviction.

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