Dad had no licence to drive children to school
A FATHER-of-two who bought a car so he could bring his children to school has been banned from driving for five years.
David Thomas (30) knew he didn't have insurance or a driving licence and admitted he "took a chance".
He claimed he was only using the car to bring his children to school.
Judge David McHugh ordered him to complete 220 hours' community service in lieu of six months in prison.
The defendant, with an address at Glenties Drive in Finglas, admitted before Blanchardstown District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.
The incident took place at Tesco Clearwater in Finglas on June 6.
Sergeant Maria Callaghan said gardai saw Mr Thomas driving a 2005-registered vehicle on Mellowes Road in Finglas, and then parking the vehicle at the Tesco store.
Sgt Callaghan said Mr Thomas was also seen on CCTV cameras driving the car.
The sergeant said Thomas later admitted that he did not have insurance for the car.
The court heard that the defendant has 41 previous convictions, including four previous for driving without insurance. He was not banned from driving at the time of this offence.
Defence solicitor Paul Hannon said Thomas is an unemployed father of two. He lives at home with his mother, and his father died in a shooting a number of years ago.
Mr Hannon said that Thomas had a problem with cocaine and benzodiazepines a number of years ago but he completed a detox programme and he hasn't been in trouble since.
Mr Hannon said Thomas got the car so he could bring his children to school. He said he knew he didn't have a driving licence or insurance but he "took a chance".
The court also heard that Thomas hasn't driven since this incident.