Wednesday 26 October 2016

Uninsured driver says twins changed life

Gerard Halpin was caught with wire snips and pliers. Picture: C Quinn
Gerard Halpin was caught with wire snips and pliers. Picture: C Quinn

A motorist was caught with a foil-lined bag, wire snips and pliers after gardai searched his car.

Gerard Halpin (40) recently became a father for the first time and claimed his twins have changed his life.

Judge David McHugh imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it for 18 months.

Judge McHugh also fined Halpin €250 and banned him from driving for two years.

The defendant admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving ­without insurance. The incident took place at Roselawn Shopping Centre in Blanchardstown on September 26, 2015.

Halpin also admitted to possession of a foil-lined bag, snips and pliers for use in a theft at the same time and place.

Garda Ciaran Geraghty said he was on mobile patrol when he saw Halpin sitting in a vehicle in the car park at Roselawn Shopping Centre.

Gda Geraghty said Halpin had a foil-lined bag, a blue-handle snips and pliers.


Defence solicitor John O'Doherty said Halpin and his partner had twins 15 months ago.

Mr O'Doherty said Halpin - of Corduff Grove in Blanchardstown - became a father late in life and he was focused on looking after them.

He also said the defendant, who is unemployed, previously had a difficulty with heroin but he was now on methadone.

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