Friday 22 February 2019

'Not a hope' of suspended sentence for banned driver

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A banned driver who crashed his girlfriend's Mercedes-Benz into a tractor with a trailer and another car before fleeing the scene was jailed for four months yesterday.

Denis Doyle was also banned from driving for five years at Blanchardstown District Court.

Jailing Doyle, Judge David McHugh told the court: "If a prison sentence was not deserving in this case, I don't know when it would be."

Doyle's lawyer, Ciaran McLoughlin, asked the judge if he would consider suspending part of the sentence.

Judge McHugh replied: "Not a hope this side of hell."

Garda Seamus Dolan told the court that on June 26, 2017, a woman had been driving on the Newcastle Road behind a John Deere tractor, which was hauling a heavy load on a trailer.

Gda Dolan said a Mercedes-Benz car was driving at speed in the opposite direction.

He said the driver, Doyle, lost control of the car and it crashed into the tractor, the trailer and the woman's car.


He said Doyle spoke to the driver of the tractor and the woman before fleeing the scene. There were no injuries but the vehicles were extensively damaged.

Doyle (31), of Castlegate Heath, Adamstown, Lucan, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with no insurance and no driving licence and three hit-and-run offences at the Newcastle Road, Newcastle, Co Dublin, on June 26, 2017.

He had 12 previous convictions.

Mr McLoughlin said that no one had been injured in the incident and added that his client had no previous for no insurance. He said Doyle had borrowed his girlfriend's car when he shouldn't have.

Judge McHugh said: "There is also the small matter of your client driving while disqualified."

He sentenced Doyle to four months in jail, with a five-year ban for the dangerous driving, and fined him €300, with a two-year ban for no insurance.

The other charges were taken into consideration.

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