'Under threat' bricklayer caught without insurance seven times
A bricklayer repeatedly caught driving without insurance was forced to flee the country for a time because his life was under threat.
Dylan Collins (22) needed his car to get around as he was in fear for his life, a court heard.
Judge John Lindsay sentenced Collins to five months in prison, suspending the last month for 18 months.
The judge also disqualified him from driving for 10 years.
Judge Lindsay noted that Collins was caught driving without insurance three times by gardai in the space of three weeks in July 2016.
The matter was before the court for sentencing after a judge ordered a community services report but the court heard Collins had failed to turn up to meet the probation officer.
The defendant, with addresses at Rathmintin Court and Bawnlea Green, both in Tallaght, had admitted before Tallaght District Court to seven counts of no insurance, as well as multiple counts of driving without a driving licence.
Garda Sergeant Eithne Madden said Collins was stopped by gardai driving without insurance on June 12, 2016.
He had also been caught at Glenshane Park in Tallaght on January 9, 2016; at Fortunestown Way in Tallaght on January 14, 2016; and at Fortunestown Road in Tallaght on April 4, 2016.
Collins was caught again at Rathmintin Crescent on July 9, 2016; at Blessington Road in Tallaght on July 18, 2016; and at Brookview Road in Tallaght on July 30, 2016.
The court heard that Collins had 14 previous convictions, including three for uninsured driving.
He received a two-year driving ban in July 2016, and was caught behind the wheel two days later, the court heard.
The defence solicitor said Collins, a father of two young children, understood that what he did was wrong, and she asked the judge not to send him to jail. She said Collins was anxious not to be incarcerated because he was a carer for his mother, who is on dialysis.
The court heard that the defendant was a qualified bricklayer, but was living on disability benefit because he recently had a back operation.
The solicitor also said there had been a threat to Collins' life, he was in fear and he had to flee to England for his own safety.