Six-year driving ban for dad-of-nine
A MAN who drove his car uninsured as he did not want to leave his children stranded has been given a four-month suspended sentence and disqualified from driving for six years.
Myles Connors was warned by Judge David McHugh "not to go near a wheel again for six years, otherwise he knows where he is going" after he pleaded guilty to the offence at Blanchardstown District Court.
Garda Derek Malone gave evidence that he stopped Connors of Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght on March 15, 2011 at Glenamuck Road in Kilternan and although the defendant produced an insurance certificate, it did not cover him to drive the car.
He said Connors has 28 previous convictions, including two previous for driving without insurance.
The solicitor told the court that the father-of-nine has "no explanation" for the offence as it was four years ago and his memory "isn't the clearest".
"He was caught in between a rock and a hard place as he did not want to leave his children stranded," the solicitor said. "He did the right thing for the wrong reasons."
The solicitor stated that the defendant is "almost going blind", to which Judge McHugh remarked: "He shouldn't be driving."
Judge McHugh said the defendant is an ideal candidate for prison, but said he would give him a chance and suspended the four-month sentence for two years. He also fined him €200 for the offence.