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Sunday 23 September 2018

Dad 'took a chance' and drove sick child on day of bus strike

Elisei Buceana
Elisei Buceana

A desperate dad "took a chance" and drove his sick child, who has Down syndrome, to a doctor's appointment because there was a bus strike.

Elisei Buceana (23) was caught by gardai after he turned away from a checkpoint.

A court heard he had six previous uninsured driving convictions.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said Buceana had shown total disregard for road traffic legislation.

He sentenced Buceana to five months in prison and disqualified him from driving for 10 years.

The defendant, of Rivermill View in Navan, Co Meath, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence on April 3 this year.

Garda Barry Griffin said gardai were operating a checkpoint at Delvin Bridge, Gormanston, when a 2004-registered car turned away from the checkpoint.

Gda Griffin said he stopped the driver, who admitted he was banned from driving.

Convictions

The court heard Buceana had 19 previous convictions, including six previous convictions for uninsured driving.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said one of Buceana's children, who has Down syndrome, was ill and he was taking him to see his doctor.

Mr Jackson said there was a bus strike on the day in question and Buceana took a chance because he needed to take his sick child to a doctor.

The court heard that Buceana's heavily pregnant wife was also in the car, as well as a number of children. The defendant's wife has since given birth.

Judge Dempsey said he viewed it as an aggravating factor that Buceana was driving without insurance with young children in the car.

Mr Jackson said Buceana had not been in trouble since this incident and co-operated with gardai.

The judge said he had no choice but to impose a jail term.

Buceana immediately appealed the conviction.

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