Monday 22 January 2018

Driver had no insurance for third time

Swords District Court

Mark Sheehan
Mark Sheehan

A man who drove without insurance for the third time has avoided a prison sentence after he was placed on a probation bond for a year.

Mark Sheehan (25) has 15 previous convictions and received a six-month suspended sentence and a six-year driving ban last September for drink-driving.

This was less than a year after he was stopped for driving without insurance for the third time.

Sheehan, of Dun Emer Green, Lusk, pleaded guilty before Swords District Court to driving without insurance on August 30, 2013 in Church Street, Skerries.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy told the court that Sheehan "wasn't caught by the six-month suspended sentence" but asked Judge Dempsey to give him "one last chance" and not put him in custody.

"He previously had a severe drink problem but is now working in a supermarket and will do anything to stay out of prison," Ms D'Arcy said.


She added that Sheehan knows he has a "tough road ahead" and is trying to change his life. Ms D'Arcy said her client has no access to a car and will not drink again.

The judge said he did not know how she had talked him into placing Sheehan on a bond in the circumstances.

"You do appreciate how close to custody you are with three no-insurance convictions," he told Sheehan before letting him go.

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