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Saturday 3 December 2016

Driver 'thought car came with insurance'

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence (Stock image)
The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence (Stock image)

An uninsured motorist has claimed he thought insurance and car tax were "part of the deal" when he bought a car.

Martin Donovan (53) is of "very low cognitive ability" and did not receive much of an education, his solicitor Simon Fleming told a court.

He begged a judge not to imprison Donovan, saying he would be very ill-suited to a custodial environment and others would take advantage of him.

Judge David McHugh fined Donovan €250 and disqualified him from driving for two years.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence. The incident happened at Ladyswell Road, Mulhuddart, last August 4. The court heard that Donovan, of Parlickstown Gardens, Mulhuddart, has nine previous convictions but had not been in trouble in more than a decade.

Mr Fleming said Donovan fully complied with gardai.

He said the defendant had bought the car, a 1999-registered vehicle, for €600 and thought the car tax, NCT and insurance were part of the deal.

Mr Fleming said Donovan thought he had bought insurance with the car and told gardai that he was covered.

The court also heard the defendant is the primary carer for his elderly mother.

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