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Banned driver given nine-month jail term

A BANNED driver has received a nine-month prison sentence after a judge said he had shown “total disregard” for road traffic legislation.

William Callaghan (32) has 16 previous convictions for driving without insurance and was banned from driving when he was stopped by gardai.

Judge Dermot Dempsey banned Callaghan from driving for 20 years and imposed a nine-month prison sentence.

The defendant, of Belcamp Green, Malahide Road, Dublin 17 admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Garda Michael McCallion said he was on patrol at Baskin Lane, Cloghran shortly after 7pm on September 2, 2013 when he saw Callaghan driving a red Volkswagen Golf.

Gda McCallion said he asked the defendant to produce his insurance and driving licence but he failed to do so. The court heard Callaghan has 16 previous convictions for driving without insurance. He was also serving a 10-year driving ban.

Defence solicitor Fiona D’Arcy said Callaghan had no excuse for driving.

Judge Dempsey said Callaghan was unsuitable for community service and he imposed a nine-month sentence.

Callaghan immediately appealed the sentence.