Thursday 27 October 2016

Jockey (19) 'went off rails' after dad's death

Garda checkpoint. File picture
Garda checkpoint. File picture

A JOCKEY who claimed he went off the rails following his father's death has begged a judge not to ban him from driving.

Evan Keogh (19) claimed he would need a licence to be able to get to work.

Judge John Lindsay fined Keogh €400, but did not ban him from driving.

Keogh admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance at Belgard Square South on July 30, 2014.

The court heard Keogh is serving a 12-month sentence for aggravated burglary.

Defence lawyer George Burns said the defendant did not get into any trouble as a youngster, but after his father died he went off the rails.

Mr Burns said Keogh, of Alpine Heights in Clondalkin, was serving a sentence for "one act of stupidity with a group he got involved with".

He asked Judge Lindsay not to disqualify Keogh as he hopes to return to work as a jockey when he is released from prison and will need his driving licence to get to work.

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