Monday 22 January 2018

Uninsured driver gets 3 months in jail

Simon Hood was twice caught driving without insurance
Simon Hood was twice caught driving without insurance

A sales representative twice caught by gardai driving without insurance had "no stupid excuses" for his behaviour.

Simon Hood (27) was sentenced to three months in prison after a court heard he has three previous convictions for uninsured driving.

Judge Anne Watkin also put Hood off the road for 10 years, saying he had ignored a previous driving disqualification.

The defendant admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to two counts of driving without insurance.

When gardai stopped Hood for uninsured driving on January 30, 2015, he was serving a four-year driving ban and was driving whilst disqualified.

In relation to the January 2015 incident, defence solicitor Ronnie Lynam said that Hood, with an address at Killegar Road in Enniskerry, had made some enquiries and "thought he could drive".

However, Mr Lynam said Hood had "no stupid excuses" for the court, and accepted he wasn't insured at the time.

Mr Lynam said the defendant works as a sales representative. He asked Judge Watkin not to impose a jail term, saying Hood's brother was in a nursing home and he provided "a measure of care for him".

Imposing a three-month sentence, Judge Watkin said it was "absolutely outrageous" Hood was driving while disqualified.

The judge added that Hood was "lucky the last time not to go to jail". The defendant immediately appealed the conviction.

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