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Monday 24 July 2017

Disqualified driver is 'a big child', says angry dad

Stafford was serving a two-year ban when pulled over
Stafford was serving a two-year ban when pulled over

A trainee barber caught behind the wheel a few months after receiving a two-year driving ban is "still a big child", his father has said.

Patrick Stafford's father is "exasperated" with his 23-year-old son's behaviour and he is on his "last chance".

Swords District Court heard that Stafford is "still a big child at heart".

Judge Dermot Dempsey adjourned sentencing to a date in June, saying the defendant drove while disqualified and faces the possibility of going to jail.

"I'll put him in with a few big children in Mountjoy and that might sort him out," warned the judge.

The defendant, of Kippure Park, Finglas, admitted to driving without insurance.

The incident happened at Brackenstown Road in Swords on January 27.

Gda Amanda King said she was on patrol at around 10.15pm when she indicated for a green Toyota Avensis to stop.

Hesitant

Gda King said the driver appeared to be quite hesitant about stopping but he eventually pulled in to the side of the road.

She said she discovered that Stafford was a disqualified driver at the time.

The court heard he had four previous convictions, including one for having no insurance.

He was serving a two-year driving ban when he was stopped.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said the defendant's father was "exasperated" with him and he realises he is on his "last chance".

Mr Jackson said Stafford, who is on social welfare, recently completed a course to train as a barber.

The court heard he "really enjoyed" the course and is hoping to get some work out of it.

Mr Jackson added that Stafford had no explanation for driving the car while disqualified, but he had acknowledged his behaviour was foolish.

The lawyer also said that Stafford comes from a good family, who fully support him and who simply want him to sort himself out.

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