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Friday 15 December 2017

In brief: No excuses for banned driver

A QUANTITY surveyor who drove while banned has claimed that he was just moving his car a short distance to secure it properly as he was going to sell it.

But a judge told him he should have been more conscientious, fined him €700 and ordered him to complete 150 hours community service in lieu of five months in prison

John O'Connor (39), of Tolka Road, Ballybough, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a valid NCT. He was also banned for a further four years.

The incident took place on Feltrim Road, Kinsealy on August 16 last year.



Teen had no car insurance

A CAR-mad teenager has lost out on his dream of becoming a mechanic after being caught driving without insurance for a third time.

Damien Smith (19) was spinning around in a friend's car when he was stopped by gardai.

A judge banned him from driving for four years and ordered him to complete 150 hours of community service in lieu of five months in jail. He was also fined €1,100.

The defendant, of Hilltown Park in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

The incident took place on Hampton Lane, Balbriggan on April 23 last year.



Labourer was drunk at 11am

A LABOURER who drunkenly argued with staff of a GAA club claimed in court that he had not touched a drop since the incident.

Gerard Keane (29) was drunk at 11.15am -- and a judge commented that it was an "unusual time" for gardai to come across a drunk.

Keane, of Mooretown Avenue in Swords, admitted before Swords District Court to public drunkenness and threatening and abusive behaviour.

The incident took place outside St Colmcille's GAA clubhouse, Balheary Road, Swords shortly before midday on December 6 last year.

Judge Patrick Brady fined Keane €850.

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