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Sunday 22 October 2017

Grandad (42) who flouted driving ban lied to traffic gardai

Andrew Dalton
Andrew Dalton

A grandfather who was banned from driving lied to gardai about his birth date when they caught him on the road without insurance for the seventh time.

Andrew Dalton (42), of Iveagh Trust Flats, was serving a five-year ban when gardai stopped him at a checkpoint.

Father-of-four Dalton was told he could avoid a six-month jail sentence if he was found suitable to carry out 240 hours of community service.

Judge David McHugh banned him from driving for eight years and adjourned the case for a community service suitability report.

Blanchardststown District Court heard that gardai were on duty on Fonthill Road at 10.10pm on February 23.

When he was stopped by officers, Dalton gave his name, date of birth and address and told gardai he had a full Irish driving licence but did not have it with him.

Seized

It was established that the date of birth he provided was false and his car was seized.

Gardai also established that he was under a driving ban at the time.

Dalton had 35 previous convictions including six for uninsured driving.

He had been disqualified from driving for five years in 2014.

The previous convictions stretched back to 2004, the court was told.

Dalton had four children and one grandchild, his solicitor Simon Fleming said. He was in full-time employment as a scaffolder.

"It is unusual for someone of his responsibilities and his nature to be coming before the court for road traffic matters," Mr Fleming said.

The accused was not only driving with no insurance but had ignored a previous court order and was "aware that he's in the gravest of jeopardy".

Judge McHugh adjourned the case to a date next month.

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