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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Banned driver had no insurance for a 7th time

A BANNED driver who spent three of the last five years in Mountjoy Prison has claimed going to jail "basically ruined his life".

Jason Kirwin (27) alleged he was only dabbling in drugs before he went to jail, but he became addicted to heroin in Mountjoy.

He made his claims after he admitted before Swords District Court to driving whilst disqualified.

Kirwin, with an address at Ashfield Rise in Balbriggan, also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

Judge Conal Gibbons ordered a probation report and adjourned sentencing to September.

Garda Tom Tighe told the court he stopped Kirwin driving a Northern Irish registered vehicle at the southbound lane of the M1, Lusk on March 12 last year.

Gda Tighe said Kirwin admitted he did not have insurance or a driving licence.

The court heard the defendant has 79 previous convictions, including six for no insurance. He was serving a six-year driving ban at the time of this offence.

The court heard Kirwin, a father of two, was driving his girlfriend's car, and he had no excuse for driving it, except that it was a "stupid mistake".

Defence lawyer said Kirwin is completing an education and training course, and hopes to train as a mechanic.

In his evidence, the defendant said he left prison in 2012, after serving a three-year sentence, and is now drug free.

"Basically Mountjoy ruined my life as I became addicted to heroin," he told the court.

He said he has been providing clean urines since August 2013.

Kirwin said he is now back with his girlfriend and children, she is due a child in September, and "things are better".

Ordering a probation report, Judge Gibbons said he was worried about Kirwin's laissez faire approach to driving whilst banned.

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