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Uninsured driver took over at wheel 'as wife felt unwell'


Yang Yu was seen twice by gardai in the space of an hour

Yang Yu was seen twice by gardai in the space of an hour

Yang Yu was seen twice by gardai in the space of an hour

A banned driver who was on an outing with his wife and four children took over at the wheel after she became unwell, a court has heard.

Yang Yu (38) was seen driving twice within the space of an hour by gardai.

He claimed his wife had just returned home from China, and he foolishly took over behind wheel when she was too tried to drive.

Judge John Cheatle ordered Yu to complete 140 hours' community service, in lieu of six months in prison.

The judge also fined Yu €1,400, disqualified him for eight years and imposed a six-month sentence, which he suspended for 18 months.

The defendant, of Glen Ellan Court, Swords, admitted two counts of driving without insurance or a driving licence last August 14.

Garda Dominic Noonan said he was on mobile patrol around 1pm when he saw Yu driving at Seatown Road in Swords.

Gda Noonan said he was unable to stop Yu at this time but he knew him, and he later made the formal demand for his driving licence and insurance.


Garda Noel McKenna said he stopped Yu on the R132 at 1.35pm on the same date and made the demand for his insurance documents.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said the charges arose out of the one journey.

The court heard that the defendant had 32 previous convictions, including nine for uninsured driving, and received a 10-year driving ban in 2017.

Ms D'Arcy said that the defendant was a married man with four children.

She said his wife had just returned from China. She was unwell and tired. They were on an outing with their children, she was unable to drive and he foolishly took over.

Ms D'Arcy accepted that Yu had a poor record but she asked the judge to consider community service, saying Yu was "fit, willing and capable" of completing it.

Yu, a former taxi driver, was working in construction, and was involved in importing construction materials from China.

Ms D'Arcy said Yu's family depended on him and he realised this was his "last chance".