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David Cummins had 80 previous convictions, mostly motoring

David Cummins had 80 previous convictions, mostly motoring

David Cummins had 80 previous convictions, mostly motoring

An uninsured driver who was caught on the road while already serving a 20-year ban has been spared jail.

David Cummins (32), who gave gardai a false name when they stopped him, received a five-month suspended sentence and another 10-year disqualification.

Judge Paula Murphy also fined him €2,000 at Dublin District Court. Cummins, from Cooley Road, Drimnagh, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Dublin District Court heard gardai stopped the accused driving at Clonard Road in Drimnagh last March 9. He was asked for his licence, which he did not have, and gardai then demanded his name and address.

He gave the name of Anthony Cummins, but when gardai checked they found his real name was David and he was a learner driver. He was disqualified at the time.

History

The court heard Cummins had 80 previous convictions, mostly for motoring offences. The last was in 2010 when he was banned from driving for 20 years.

Defence solicitor Brian Coveney said the accused accepted he had a very poor history. However, Cummins had not come to garda attention in 10 years.

Cummins had turned his life around since he was in prison and he was now in full-time employment as a roofer, Mr Coveney added.

He had worked throughout the Covid-19 crisis and a letter from his employer described him as an "excellent worker" and a "team player".

His main concern was avoiding a custodial sentence and he would take any steps the court felt was appropriate. Cummins accepted he was going to get a lengthy disqualification.

Judge Murphy suspended the sentence for two years.