Thursday 17 January 2019

Serial motoring offender jailed despite newborn plea

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

A repeat insurance offender begged a judge not to send him to jail because he claimed there was no one at home to mind his newborn.

Peter Ward (32) has 11 previous convictions for driving without insurance and he was already serving a 10-year driving ban when he was stopped by gardai near Swords earlier this year.

Ward had shown total disregard for road traffic legislation, said Judge Cormac Dunne.

The judge sentenced the defendant to five months in prison, fined him €250 and banned him from driving for seven years.


The defendant, of Hazelcroft Gardens in Finglas, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence. Garda Joseph Aiken stopped Ward at the R132 Pinnock Hill in Swords on May 27, the court heard.

Gardai gave evidence that Ward has numerous previous convictions, including 11 previous convictions for driving without insurance.

He also received a 10-year driving disqualification in 2015, so he was disqualified at the time of this offence.

Ward realised that he had a poor record, said defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy, and she then asked the judge to be as lenient as possible.

Ms D'Arcy asked the judge to consider imposing a suspended sentence.


The defendant, who is not working and is on social welfare, begged the judge not to send him to jail.

He told the court that he had a newborn at home and there was no one else to look after the child.

Ward also told the court that he has a number of other children and he was responsible for their care.

Judge Dunne imposed a five-month sentence and refused to suspend any part of it.

The judge set recognisances in the event of an appeal and Ward immediately appealed the conviction.

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