Sunday 17 December 2017

Uninsured dad-of-five (25) was on his way to visit his sick child

Ross Fetherson (25) of Moatview Court in Priorswood
Ross Fetherson (25) of Moatview Court in Priorswood

A father-of-five caught driving while disqualified was on his way to visit his sick child after the child had stopped breathing and was admitted to hospital.

Ross Fetherston (25) claimed he got behind the wheel so he could see his child, who suffers from bronchiolitis and had been hospitalised.

Judge Deirdre Gearty ordered a community services report to see if Fetherston is suitable to complete 120 hours' community service in lieu of two months in prison.

The defendant, of Moatview Court in Priorswood, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence at Clare Hall Avenue, Dublin 17, on July 23.

Garda Michael McCallion said he stopped Fetherston driving a 2004-registered vehicle and asked him to produce his insurance and driving licence.

Gda McCallion said Fetherston was disqualified from driving at the time.

The court heard that the car was seized by gardai.

The court heard Fetherston has 48 previous convictions, and was handed a six-year driving ban in 2011.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Fetherston is a father of five children, including twins who are nearly three years old.


Ms D'Arcy said the twins were born with bronchiolitis, and on the day in question the defendant was on his way to visit the child, who had stopped breathing and was in hospital.

The solicitor also said that for the first time in years Fetherston has a job and is working for a haulage company. Ms D'Arcy said he was anxious to continue to work and to provide for his children.

Judge Gearty said Fetherston has a history of offending but he hasn't been in trouble since 2011 and she adjourned the matter.

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