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Monday 18 December 2017

Banned driver caught behind wheel lied to gardai about name

Shane Hogan admitted driving without insurance or a licence
Shane Hogan admitted driving without insurance or a licence

A banned driver who pretended his middle name was his surname was not making a sophisticated attempt at evading gardai, a court has heard.

Shane Hogan (22) received a four-month suspended sentence.

Judge Patricia McNamara also disqualified him from driving for four years and fined him €750.

The defendant, of Donomore Crescent, Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a licence.

He also admitted providing a false name and address to gardai in the incident at Cushlawn Park, Tallaght, last May 9.

Gda Neil Waters said he stopped Hogan driving a 2009-registered vehicle.

He said Hogan gave him the false name of Shane Daniels.

Convictions

The court heard the defendant has 16 previous convictions, including two for uninsured driving.

He received a four-year ban in 2015.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Hogan had not made a sophisticated attempt to evade justice.

He said the defendant's full name is Shane Daniel Hogan.

Mr Hennessy asked the judge to distinguish this offence from Hogan's two previous uninsured driving convictions.

The first incident involved a scrambler bike which went off a green area.

In the second, Mr Hennessy said that Hogan was forced to take over behind the wheel as the female driver was in distress.

In that incident, the judge on the day had remarked on Hogan's "chivalry", the solicitor said.

Imposing a suspended sentence, Judge McNamara said the particulars of those other matters had no bearing on this incident.

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