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Saturday 25 November 2017

Banned driver will go to confirmation of child before jail

McCabe ‘has an appalling record’, according to the judge
McCabe ‘has an appalling record’, according to the judge

A banned driver caught without insurance for a 12th time has had a jail sentence deferred so he can go to his daughter's confirmation.

Jason McCabe (31) was also given the time to get treatment for substance misuse.

McCabe was subject to three driving bans, including a 10-year disqualification, when he was arrested, and had 70 previous motoring convictions.

Judge David McHugh said he would jail McCabe for five months but agreed to adjourn sentencing at Blanchardstown District Court.

McCabe, of Marigold Crescent, Darndale, Dublin, pleaded guilty to uninsured and unlicensed driving.

The offences are under the Road Traffic Act.

The court heard gardai were on duty at the Esso service station on the N7 in Rathcoole, Co Dublin, at 6.15pm on June 22, 2016.

They saw McCabe driving a Ford Focus and stopped him. Gardai demanded production of his driving documents and asked him for his personal details.

He had no driving licence with him and gave the garda his name and address.

Difficulty

The gardai arrested the defendant and brought him to Clondalkin Garda Station.

The court heard McCabe had fully co-operated with the gardai and "made certain admissions".

He had 94 previous convictions, including 70 for motoring offences.

Some 11 of these were for uninsured driving, with another 11 for driving without a licence.

McCabe also had prior convictions for public order and other offences.

"We are in some difficulty today, that cannot be denied," said defence solicitor Margaret McEvilly.

She told the judge there was a "certain pattern there" and alcohol and substance misuse was "the difficulty he has faced."

He was on a waiting list for a treatment course in hospital.

Ms McEvilly asked Judge McHugh if she would allow him time to access this, "without trying the court's patience".

In addition, his daughter was due to be confirmed.

Judge McHugh said he would impose a five-month prison sentence and a 10-year driving ban.

"He has an appalling record, to put it mildly," the judge said.

He adjourned the case to a date in June. McCabe was remanded on continuing bail.

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