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Taxi driver caught with no insurance banned for 2 years

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Judge told Joseph Bankole he was ‘on the cusp of a sentence’

Judge told Joseph Bankole he was ‘on the cusp of a sentence’

Judge told Joseph Bankole he was ‘on the cusp of a sentence’

A taxi driver caught behind the wheel without insurance after he ran up 12 penalty points has been put off the road for two years.

Joseph Bankole (55) was on his way to work when he was stopped by traffic gardaí.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said Bankole was "on the cusp of a sentence" and he should not have been driving.

He fined Bankole €600 and disqualified him for two years.

The defendant, of Cedar Place, Ridgewood, Swords, admitted driving without insurance on the R108 Naul Road last January 21.

He also admitted failing to produce his driving licence.

Garda Dominic Noonan told Swords District Court he was on patrol when he stopped Bankole, who was driving a 2011-registered Renault.

Gda Noonan said he made the demand for Bankole to produce his insurance documents at a garda station of his choice.

The defendant chose Swords garda station but failed to produce them.

Cooperative

Gda Noonan said Bankole was cooperative at the scene and admitted he was disqualified at the time.

The court heard Bankole had no previous convictions.

Gda Noonan also said the accused had not come to the attention of gardaí since this incident.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Bankole was disqualified because he had 12 penalty points.

The court heard he had received notice of that disqualification a couple of weeks before this incident.

She said the defendant had an insurance policy and had been paying it.

He operated a taxi, was not insured and should not have been driving, Judge Dempsey said.

The court heard Bankole was on his way to work when he was stopped and did not have any passengers in the car.

Ms D'Arcy asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying Bankole had never been in trouble before.

Judge Dempsey said Bankole was on the "cusp of a sentence".

He fixed recognisances for an appeal.