Banned driver said car trip was mercy mission
A FATHER of a seriously ill child who was caught driving while already banned has claimed he had to get behind the wheel as he needed to bring his son to a hospital appointment.
Paul Lawrence (26) said his wife was unable to drive at the time and he needed to bring his son to hospital. He said his wife has since learned how to drive.
Describing Lawrence as a "repeat offender", Judge Patrick Brady sentenced him to five months in prison, fined him €500 and put him off the road for 15 years.
Lawrence, of Hamilton Terrace, Balbriggan, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence at Castlelands, Balbriggan, on September 25, 2009.
He has 44 previous convictions and is currently banned from driving for 10 years.
He is also serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for his part in a pub riot in Balbriggan, when €90,000 worth of damage was done to John D's pub.
Lawrence is married with four children. His son suffers from a serious cardiac condition and has spent a lot of time in hospital, his lawyer said. Judge Brady sentenced him to five months, consecutive to the sentence he is serving.