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A motorist tried to register a vehicle in a false name after he received a five-year disqualification, a court heard.

Martin McAleer (35) initially tried to claim it was a typographical error, but later admitted he used a false name and address because he was serving a driving ban.

Judge David McHugh ordered him to complete 220 hours of community service in lieu of three months in prison and adjourned the case to January.

The defendant, with an add-ress at Coldwinters, Finglas, admitted providing false details to the Department of Transport in Shannon, Co Clare, on Dec- ember 13, 2017.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that McAleer registered a Ford Transit Connect van.

Sgt Callaghan said he provided false details, claiming his name was Martin Kelly with an address in Swords.

She said the defendant was later questioned by gardaĆ­ and admitted he had given false details.

Convictions

The court heard McAleer had 19 previous convictions and received a five-year ban for dangerous driving and uninsured driving in 2016.

His defence lawyer said the defendant also goes by the name Martin Kelly and had made a mistake and wished to apologise to the court.

He had not come to garda attention since this incident, the lawyer said.

Judge McHugh said the defendant was almost suggesting he had simply made a typographical error when registering the vehicle.

Following further consultation with her client, the lawyer said McAleer was a disqualified driver at the time, and this was why he had used the false name.

"Now we're getting the motive," said Judge McHugh, adding that the defendant had "unclean hands".

"You could say he tried to mislead the court," he said.

The lawyer said McAleer was an unemployed father-of-seven.

His partner was outside the court and they were taking the matter very seriously, she added.

Judge McHugh said he had contemplated an outright prison sentence, but in these "extraordinary times" he would see if McAleer was suitable for community service.


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