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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Banned driver 'didn't think' before taking to the road

Woodcock will be assessed for community service suitability
Woodcock will be assessed for community service suitability

An Uninsured motorist who drove his sister's car weeks after being given a ban "just didn't think" at the time, a court heard.

Philip Woodcock (32) had been convicted twice for having no insurance when he agreed to take the car to a garage for a check-up.

Judge Bryan Smyth said Woodcock can avoid a jail sentence if he is found suitable for community service.

He adjourned the case for a report.

Seized

Woodcock, with an address at Shanard Road, Santry, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance.

Garda Deirdre McInerney told Dublin District Court she stopped the accused driving at Clonshaugh Road at 7.50pm on August 18, 2015.

He had no insurance or NCT cert displayed at the time and the car was seized. The accused was "very co-operative with the gardai throughout the entire incident", she said.

Woodcock had 20 previous convictions, 17 of which were for motoring offences, including two for uninsured driving, the garda said.

He was last disqualified from driving for four years from July 2015.

On the evening of the latest offence, the defendant was driving his sister's car, his solicitor Michael Hanahoe said.

She had given it to him and asked him to bring it to a garage for a check-up for the NCT. Woodcock was not driving any other car at the time and was not insured.

"He just didn't think," Mr Hanahoe said.

The defendant had two children and was working as an electrician.

Delighted

"This is his third conviction for no insurance," Judge Smyth said.

"Is he prepared to do community service? Otherwise, he would be looking at a sentence."

Woodock would be "delighted" to do community service, Mr Hanahoe said.

Judge Smyth said he would be suggesting 120 hours instead of four months in jail.

He adjourned the case for a community service suitability report.

The defendant was remanded on continuing bail.

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