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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Taxi man with 30 convictions jailed over no-insurance

Yang Yu
Yang Yu

A taxi driver caught driving without insurance for a 10th time has been jailed for three months.

Judge Conal Gibbons said Yang Yu (37) was a "flagrant violator of the law" and his off- ending behaviour had to come to a halt "here and now".

The judge said a person's liberty was a precious thing and that Yu had put his at risk by his behaviour.

He sentenced him to three months in prison and disqualified him from driving for five years.

The defendant, of Glen Ellan Court, Swords, admitted driv- ing without insurance or a licence.

Gda Deborah Harvey said she was on patrol shortly after 9am on March 27 when she stopped Yu on Glen Ellan Ave- nue, around the corner from his home.

Gda Harvey said Yu was not eligible to hold a driving licence because he was banned from driving at the time.

She asked him to produce his insurance documentation but he failed to do so.

Convictions

The court heard that Yu has 30 previous convictions, including nine for driving without insurance and seven for driving without a licence.

He was disqualified at the time of this offence.

Defence lawyer Patrick Jackson said Yu had been working as a taxi driver but was most recently unemployed and on social welfare.

In relation to some of the previous no-insurance convictions, Mr Jackson said Yu had thought he was insured.

He said the defendant, who is originally from China, is married, has four children and has been living in Ireland for 16 years.

Mr Jackson said Yu was aware he was facing the possibility of jail.

He asked the judge to consider community service, saying Yu had completed a hospitality course and, with his language skills, was hopeful of getting work and coming off social welfare.

Imposing a three-month sentence, Judge Gibbons said Yu has to learn that he "cannot go out doing as he pleases".

Yu immediately appealed the conviction.

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