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Friday 9 December 2016

No Christmas jail for repeat offender

Blanchardstown

Daniel Dunne will be sentenced in January
Daniel Dunne will be sentenced in January

A repeat no-insurance offender has begged a judge to let him spend Christmas with his partner and children.

Daniel Dunne (34) accepted that he faces going to jail, but asked the judge to adjourn sentencing until January.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to a date after Christmas.

The defendant, with an address at Cappogue Cottages, Ratoath Road in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Garda Robbie Byrne said he was on mobile patrol at Cappagh Road in Finglas on February 23 last when he stopped a 1998-registered car.

Gda Byrne said that there was a false tax disc on the windscreen and there was a knife in the side pocket of the driver's door.

The court heard that Dunne has 52 previous convictions, including seven no-insurance convictions.

Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said the defendant, a father of two, co-operated fully with gardai.

Depression

Mr O'Doherty said Dunne had just bought the car and the knife was very small, similar to a Swiss army knife.

He said the defendant has a partner and two children. He is on disability, and he suffered from depression and had a problem with drugs in the past.

The solicitor said Dunne realises he faces going to jail but he asked the judge to adjourn sentencing to a date in January.

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