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Saturday 18 August 2018

Builder jailed after he's caught driving uninsured 4 times

Leo Griffin was also disqualified from driving for 10 years
Leo Griffin was also disqualified from driving for 10 years

A successful boom-time builder who "lost all his income" during the recession has been jailed after he was caught driving without insurance four times.

Leo Griffin (59), a grandfather and father-of-five, was already serving a driving ban on the days he was stopped by gardai in north Dublin.

Judge David McHugh jailed him for five months, disqualified him from driving for 10 years and fined him €600.

Griffin, of Ballygall Road East, Finglas, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence and failing to provide a breath sample.

Blanchardstown District Court heard gardai saw the defendant drive through a red light at a junction at Seamus Ennis Road on January 24.

When stopped, Griffin said he was going to pick up his nephew from school.

The insurance and tax had expired and Griffin was serving a driving ban at the time.

On March 3, 2017, Griffin was seen driving at Casement Drive. Gardai stopped him and he failed to provide a breath sample at Finglas Garda Station.

Stopped

At Cappagh Road, Finglas, on March 14 last year, gardai saw the defendant attempt to perform a right-hand turn before reaching a checkpoint.

He was stopped and had no valid documents on display. He was a banned driver at the time.

On March 29, 2017, Griffin was in an Audi A3 which was stopped with the engine running at Mount Eustace Green.

He was alone and sitting in the driver's seat and the insurance and tax displayed were for a different vehicle.

The court heard Griffin had 42 previous convictions, six of which were for no insurance.

He was banned from driving for two years in December 2016.

Griffin had done "reasonably well for himself" during the boom years, but lost all his income in the crash, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

There were no chases involved in any of the four incidents and Mr Fleming asked the judge for leniency.

Judge McHugh said the defendant could not avoid a prison sentence and jailed him for five months. Recognisances were set in the event of an appeal.

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