Tuesday 25 October 2016

Banned driver was still paying for car insurance

Russell Ighovojah was jailed over driving charges
Russell Ighovojah was jailed over driving charges

An uninsured driver who was stopped by gardai after he made a dangerous turn on a busy road has been disqualified from driving for six years.

Russell Ighovojah (47) had an insurance policy but he was serving a driving ban at the time and the policy was declared to be "null and void" by the High Court.

Judge David McHugh sentenced Ighovojah to four months in prison and banned him from driving for six years.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence at Outer Ring Road in Clondalkin on August 24, 2013.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai were on mobile patrol when they stopped the defendant after he made a dangerous turn on a busy road.

Sgt Callaghan said gardai searched the car and found €20 worth of cannabis, which he said was for his own use.

The sergeant said Ighovojah was disqualified from driving at the time on the incident.

Ighovojah further admitted to driving without insurance at Royal Meadows in Kilcock on February 9, 2014.


The court heard that Ighovojah, of Castlevillage Park in Celbridge, Co Kildare, has 34 previous convictions, including three for driving without insurance.

He was banned from driving for eight years in April 2013.

Defence solicitor said the defendant had insurance but it was ruled to be null and void because he was serving a driving ban when he was stopped.

The court heard the delay in finalising these matters was because a judicial review was taken to the High Court.

The solicitor said Ighovojah, an unemployed man with three children, did think he was insured to drive, and had been paying for insurance.

He said the defendant understands the importance of having insurance and the risk he posed to other road users by not having insurance.

The solicitor asked Judge McHugh to give Ighovojah "one final opportunity".

Imposing a four-month sentence, Judge McHugh said Ighovojah broke a court order and has considerable previous road traffic convictions.

The defendant immediately appealed the sentence.

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