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Grandad Karl Cogan was sentenced to five months in prison

Grandad Karl Cogan was sentenced to five months in prison

Grandad Karl Cogan was sentenced to five months in prison

A grandfather caught driving without insurance for the seventh time has been jailed after a judge said he had made a "deliberate attempt to game the system".

Karl Cogan (48) appeared to think the rules of the road "did not apply to him", Judge Colin Daly said, sentencing him to five months in prison.

Cogan, of Johnstown Gardens, Finglas, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence at South Circular Road last July 6.

He was stopped on the day in question, did not have valid documents and failed to produce any at a garda station.

An officer told Dublin District Court he arrested the accused on foot of a bench warrant after he previously failed to appear in court for a sentence date.

Cogan had six convictions for uninsured driving, the garda said.

Drug

The most recent of these was from January, for an offence in April last year. He had been given a six-year ban.

Cogan had three children and five grandchildren, his solicitor Simon Fleming said.

He had had drug difficulties and was in poor health.

Mr Fleming said it was not the case that the accused had tried to "game the system", and Cogan did not know he had a sentence date.

Judge Daly noted the accused had changed his plea to guilty on the date of a hearing, so any mitigation he might have got from that plea was lost.

"The way he has dealt with this matter has been a delib- erate attempt to game the system," the judge said.

"Mr Cogan seems to think the ordinary rules of the road simply don't apply to him."

He imposed two concurrent five-month sentences and set recognisances in the event of an appeal.