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Thursday 29 September 2016

Driver banned for 40 years tried to 'wriggle off hook' when caught

The court heard Cassells has 60 previous convictions, including three for no-insurance, six for dangerous driving and one for drunk-driving (Stock Picture)
The court heard Cassells has 60 previous convictions, including three for no-insurance, six for dangerous driving and one for drunk-driving (Stock Picture)

A banned driver who gave gardai false names and addresses was trying to "wriggle off the hook" and avoid getting caught, a judge has said.

Craig Cassells (23) was already serving a 40-year driving ban when he was stopped by gardai in September last year.

Judge David McHugh imposed a five-month sentence and banned Cassells from driving for 20 years.

The defendant, of Rafters Lane in Drimnagh, admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence as well as providing a false name to gardai under the road traffic act.

Garda Robert Collins told Blanchardstown District Court he was on mobile patrol at Ballyowen Lane in Lucan around 10pm on September 26 last when he stopped Cassells driving a 2003-registered vehicle.

Gda Collins said he asked him for his name and address, and Cassells said his name was "Mark Cassells", with a date of birth in 1991 and then said his name was "Kieran McCabe" with a 1990 date of birth.

Cassells also gave the garda two different addresses.

He was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station where his true identity was discovered.

The court heard Cassells has 60 previous convictions, including three for no-insurance, six for dangerous driving and one for drunk-driving.

He was banned from driving for 40 years in January 2013.

Defence lawyer Ciaran MacLoughlin said Cassells has "a horrendous driving record".

Sorry

Mr MacLoughlin said the defendant's partner is due a baby in September, and he is trying to do his best for the baby.

The court heard Cassells is now working and trying to keep "on the straight and narrow".

Mr MacLoughlin said the defendant is a "somewhat different man" to the individual who committed the previous traffic offences.

Asked by Judge McHugh if Cassells was "sorry because he's sorry or sorry because he was caught", Mr MacLoughlin admitted it was "a bit of both".

Imposing a five-month sentence, the judge said Cassells had "tried to wriggle off the hook by giving two false names" to gardai.

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