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Driver had 14-year ban left when stopped

A DISQUALIFIED driver was caught behind the wheel of a car with 14 years left of his ban to serve, a court heard.

David O'Leary (31) was given another 12-year ban at Dublin District Court when he admitted driving without insurance in the incident.

Judge Michael Walsh also jailed him for two months for carrying a scissors when stopped by gardai in a separate incident.

O'Leary, of Ferryman's Crossing, Seville Place, Dublin 1 pleaded guilty to uninsured and unlicenced driving, as well as possession of a weapon.

The court heard gardai were on duty at North Circular Road on February 16 when O'Leary was searched and found in possession of a scissors. He told them he did not have the scissors for any "sinister purpose".

On December 12, 2012, he was stopped driving a car without insurance or a licence at Custom House Quay.

He had already been banned from driving until 2026.

O'Leary had bought the car a short time previously to get around. He had made "a foolish decision".

His uncle had died in tragic circumstances and the defendant went "off the rails".

Judge Walsh imposed a six month sentence, with four suspended for two years.