Man jailed for racking up 36th no-insurance offence
A MAN who has been found guilty of driving without insurance for the 36th time and giving gardai a false name has been sentenced to four months in prison and disqualified from driving for 20 years.
Eric Keogh (26), who has 192 previous convictions, including 35 for driving without insurance, was on temporary release at the time of the current offences.
Keogh, of Bradogue Court, Cabra, had pleaded not guilty at Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance and giving gardai false details on May 7 last year at College Grove, Castleknock.
Gda Enda Waters gave evidence that he saw a grey Citroen car travelling at speed towards Castleknock village. He stopped the car and said the driver, Eric Keogh, had told him his name was Gareth Keogh and gave a different address.
Keogh's barrister said his instructions are that the defendant gave his correct name and that the garda had misheard him, which Gda Waters denied. The car was registered to Keogh's girlfriend.
Judge David McHugh said Keogh had a case to answer and convicted him on the no-insurance and giving false information charges.
The defence barrister said his client has been in difficulty with the law from a young age and has served a six-year sentence.
"He was on temporary release at the time of these offences and had received no support while released," the barrister said.
"He lapsed back into bad company but is now working with the Probation Services."
Judge McHugh convicted and sentenced Keogh and disqualified him from driving for 20 years for driving without insurance. He further convicted and fined him €100 for giving false details.