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Monday 18 December 2017

Judge says mechanic is 'utterly illiterate' of traffic legislation

Brendan Rogers
Brendan Rogers

A mechanic caught driving without insurance for the 12th time has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Judge Cormac Dunne said Brendan Rogers (53) was "utt- erly illiterate" in terms of his obligations under Irish road traffic legislation.

The judge refused to defer sentencing so Rogers could complete a residential treatment programme.

He fined him €1,000, banned him from driving for five years and sentenced him to five months in prison.

The defendant, of McAuley Avenue, Artane, admitted before Swords District Court to driving without insurance or a licence at Walshestown, Balbriggan, last January 22.

Gda John Lennon told the court that Rogers had 82 previous convictions, including 11 for uninsured driving.

Heroin

Defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Rogers had battled a heroin addiction since the age of 14.

Ms D'Arcy added that he had been doing well and had stayed away from trouble for four years, but then "things just got out of hand again".

She asked the judge to defer sentencing, saying that Rogers, who is now stable on methadone, was due to start a residential programme later in the week.

Ms D'Arcy said she feared that going into custody would set Rogers' rehabilitation back many months.

She added that the defendant was a qualified mechanic, but he had not worked for some time and was currently claiming disability benefit.

Ms D'Arcy asked the judge to consider a suspended sentence.

Judge Dunne said that in "no circumstances" did he consider a suspended sentence appropriate.

Rogers immediately app-ealed the conviction.

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