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Bray motorist seen driving at 155km/h on M11 ‘struggles with impulsive behaviour’


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A motorist who was observed by gardaí driving at 155km/h was banned from driving when his case went before a recent sitting of Gorey District Court.

Killian McCabe, 13 Dargle Heights, Bray, Wicklow, was charged with having no insurance, no licence and with speeding on the M11 at Ballyellin, Gorey, on May 22, 2021.

Sgt Mick Dee gave evidence in the case and told Judge John Cheatle that he was operating a speed check when he observed the defendant travelling at 155km/h in an area governed by a 120km/h speed limit.

The judge heard that when questioned by Sgt Dee at the scene the defendant gave a false name but later gave his correct name.

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Sgt Dee demanded the defendant produce evidence of insurance or exemption and his driving licence but the defendant failed to produce the documents.

A fixed-charge-penalty notice was issued to the accused in relation to the offences but they weren’t paid.

The judge was told the defendant had previous convictions including eight for no insurance.

Solicitor, Lana Doherty, asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence while acknowledging that her client had not previously engaged with the restorative justice programme.

However, Ms Doherty said her client was now doing well and in a stable relationship. 

“He is someone who struggles with impulsive behaviour,” said Ms Doherty. She also told Judge Cheatle the accused was surpassed by 95 per cent of his peer group since he was five years of age.

“His intellectual ability is quite low,” said Ms Doherty.

“He doesn’t understand the gravity of situations at times,” she added. “He’s only 25 and I don’t believe he is a suitable candidate for custody.”

Judge Cheatle said there too many previous convictions and that the only “credit” he could give the defendant was his plea.

He imposed a five month sentence and disqualified McCabe from driving for 10 years on the no insurance charge.

He marked the other matters as taken into account.