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Thursday 24 May 2018

Uninsured driver and family ran away from car

The judge threw out McDonagh’s claim which meant the six other claims collapsed with it and were dismissed
The judge threw out McDonagh’s claim which meant the six other claims collapsed with it and were dismissed

An uninsured driver and his wife and children abandoned their car and ran off when gardai saw the man behind the wheel.

John O'Donoghue (31) was serving a four-year driving ban when he hot-footed it from the car, Tallaght District Court was told.

O'Donoghue, of Stocking Avenue, Rathfarnham, pleaded guilty before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a licence.

He was fined €250 and banned for another four years.

He was also ordered to complete 120 hours of community service in lieu of three months in jail.

The incident took place at the Brookfield Enterprise Centre car park in Tallaght last October 21.

Gda John Ryan said he was on patrol when he saw a black Audi pull out of St Aidan's halting site.

He said he recognised the driver as O'Donoghue, who he knew was banned from driving.

Seized

Gda Ryan said O'Donoghue went across the road into the Rossfield estate before turning into the Brookfield Enterprise Centre car park.

The officer then saw O'Donoghue, his wife and their two young children running from the vehicle.

Gda Ryan told the court that O'Donoghue's wife returned soon afterwards and identified herself as the owner of the vehicle, which had been seized by gardai.

The court heard that O'Donoghue had 27 previous convictions, including six for uninsured driving.

He was disqualified from driving for four years in 2014.Defence lawyer George Burns said O'Donoghue's "only vice" appeared to be road traffic matters.

He added that his client wished to apologise for his behaviour.

He said O'Donoghue was willing to complete community service.

Mr Burns also said the def-endant had previously worked for Dublin City Council.

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