Dad-of-four with 69-year driving ban sentenced to prison
A father-of-four already banned from driving for 49 years after being convicted 14 times for having no insurance has been disqualified for another 20 years after being caught again.
Robert Hosey (49) was also sentenced to five months in prison when he appeared before Judge David McHugh at Blanchardstown District Court.
When Gda Maeve Cassin stopped Hosey last March 31 for driving a van at speed along the R135 in The Ward, Co Dublin, he said he had "forgot" his driving licence.
He was arrested and further charged, the court heard.
Asking why the defendant drove again uninsured, Judge McHugh said: "Why does he continue driving knowing that if he is caught there is only one place he is going?'
Hosey's solicitor said he "very stupidly agreed to drop the van to his brother-in-law".
Hosey, of Fassaugh Avenue, Cabra West, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, driving without a driving licence and driving with no NCT.
The defendant has 51 previous convictions, 42 of which are for road traffic offences, the court heard.
"He has been disqualified from driving for 49 years so far for having 14 no-insurance offences," said Gda Cassin.
Hosey's solicitor said there was not much he could say about the defendant apart from the fact that he should not have been driving.
"He realises the position he is in now having hit 15 no- insurance convictions," he said.
Gda Cassin agreed with the solicitor that Hosey has not come to garda attention since 2014, except for the offences before the court.
"He is doing a course to gain employment," the solicitor said.
Judge McHugh said it was "inevitable" that Hosey would receive a custodial sentence. He handed him a five-month term and a 20-year driving ban.
Once the sentence was handed down and recognisances were fixed, Hosey immediately lodged an appeal.