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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Driver on 10-year ban caught for tenth time

A MAN who drove for the tenth time without insurance has been given a five-month sentence which has been suspended for three years.

John Ennis (29), who has 60 previous convictions and is under a ten-year disqualification from driving since 2006, has also been further disqualified from driving for 15 years.

Ennis, of Strandmill Road, Portmarnock pleaded guilty at Swords District Court to driving without insurance at Golf Links Road, Portmarnock on June 29 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without a driving licence on the same date.

Sergeant Bob Kavanagh gave evidence that Ennis was driving the car and was stopped at 3pm by gardai.

INSURANCE

He failed to produce insurance and a driving licence.

His lawyer Patrick Jackson said Ennis was driving his girlfriend's car to sell it and accepts he shouldn't have driven.

He said Ennis had had addiction issues which are now behind him, and that he is now working as a full-time forklift driver.

Mr Jackson previously explained that the defendant got the forklift licence as the question of whether he is a disqualified driver was not on the application.

Judge Dermot Dempsey also fined Ennis €150 for driving without a driving licence.

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