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Jailed man to miss family wedding day

A DUBLIN man may miss his brother's wedding, in which he was due to be Best Man, after he was imprisoned for five months for driving without insurance.

John Joyce (28) begged a judge not to send him to jail, saying he didn't want to miss his brother's wedding.

A court heard Joyce has 12 previous convictions for uninsured driving and was banned from driving for 10 years at the time of the offence.

Judge Dermot Dempsey said Joyce's no-insurance record was "deplorable".

He sentenced Joyce to five months in prison, fined him €500 and put him off the road for 15 years.

The defendant, of The Mills, Edenmore in Raheny, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance at Templeview Avenue in Clare Hall on November 13, 2013.

Garda Michael McCallion said he was on patrol in the Clare Hall area shortly before 9pm when he saw Joyce driving a 1999-registered Ford Focus.

He followed him onto Templeview Avenue where he stopped him. Gda McCallion said Joyce jumped out of the car and ran into a house.

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The garda said he waited for a few minutes and Joyce came back outside, and admitted he wasn't insured to drive.

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Joyce was driving the car, which belonged to his wife, because he was trying to repair the battery.

Ms D'Arcy said Joyce realised he was at risk of going to jail, but she asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence.

She said the defendant was due to be Best Man at his brother's wedding on Wednesday week, and he did not want to miss it. The solicitor said Joyce could have taken a bench warrant and not turned up in court so he'd be able to go to his brother's wedding, but he hadn't wanted to do that.

Ms D'Arcy said Joyce, a married father of two children, was the victim of a serious assault last June when he went to the aid of a taxi driver.

Ms D'Arcy said a gang of youths were trying to hijack the taxi and Joyce intervened and saved the taxi driver.

However, he suffered a severe leg injury during the incident, is in severe pain all the time due to the injury, and is expected to begin hydrotherapy shortly.

Imposing a five-month sentence, Judge Dempsey said he wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't impose a prison sentence.

Joyce indicated he would be appealing the decision.

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