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Sunday 11 December 2016

Judge tells dad who drove without insurance for eight time to prove he was bring sick child to hospital

John Joyce of Flemington, Balrath, Navan, Co Meath. Charged with uninsured driving.
John Joyce of Flemington, Balrath, Navan, Co Meath. Charged with uninsured driving.

A FATHER-of-three who drove without insurance for the eighth time has been told by a judge to prove he was bringing a sick child to hospital when he was stopped.

John Joyce (40) insisted the reason he drove was because his young son was sick and had to be brought to Temple Street Hospital.

Judge David McHugh said he wanted evidence to back up the accused's story and adjourned the case at Blanchardstown District Court.

Joyce, of Flemington, Balrath, Navan, Co Meath, pleaded guilty to uninsured driving at the N2, Finglas on November 20, 2014.

He has seven prior convictions for uninsured driving.

He had been in the back seat of the car with his son who got "quite ill", his barrister said.

He panicked and his wife, who had been driving, got into the back seat with the boy while the accused drove to Temple Street Hospital.

"He knows it was a foolish thing to do," his barrister said.

"Cry wolf would come to mind in relation to the matter," Judge McHugh said.

He asked for evidence that the accused or his wife were in Temple Street.

"I want it checked out," the judge said.

When the case came back before the court, Defence Barrister Jennifer Jackson said she had a letter confirming that Mr Joyce had gone to the hospital.

Judge Alan Mitchell was sitting and he adjourned the case again for Judge McHugh's attention.

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