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Motorist was 'oblivious' to 10-year driving ban

A MOTORIST who had been put off the road for 10 years was driving around totally unaware of the ban, a court heard.

Derek Davies (47) obtained an insurance policy, but he did not know about a disqualification imposed in 2007, which automatically invalidated the policy he had.

Judge John Lindsay adjourned the matter to a date next month to allow him to bring documentation to court.

The defendant, of Cloonmore Park, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a valid NCT certificate.

Gda Darren Rooney told the court he was on mobile patrol when he stopped Davies driving a 1999-registered Ford Fiesta at Cloonmore Drive, Tallaght, last September 26.

Gda Rooney said he asked Davies to produce his driving licence and his certificate of insurance, but he failed to produce his insurance.

The court heard the defendant has 19 previous convictions, and he received a 10-year driving disqualification in 2007.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Davies knew he received a 10-year ban in 2007, but as far as he was aware he had successfully appealed the decision.

Mr Hennessy said Davies subsequently received a five-year sentence for robbery in 2009, and when he came out of prison he went to Kevin Street Garda Station to check if he could drive and he was told he did not have any live driving bans.

The solicitor said Davies then decided to buy a car and he got insurance with an online insurance provider.

Mr Hennessy said Davies paid a deposit and was paying a monthly fee for his insurance.

The solicitor said Davies was driving around "totally oblivious" to being banned.

The court heard the insurance policy was invalidated when this matter was brought to light.

Mr Hennessy asked the judge to be lenient, and Judge Lindsay adjourned the case, saying he wanted gardai to check it out.