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Monday 18 February 2019

Uninsured driver 'borrowed partner's car to get to work'

Dean Farrell admitted to a garda he was not insured to drive
Dean Farrell admitted to a garda he was not insured to drive

An uninsured driver foolishly borrowed his partner's car as he was rushing to get to work, a court has heard.

Dean Farrell (27) admitted to the garda who stopped him that he should not have been driving the car.

Judge Miriam Walsh fined Farrell €800, disqualified him from driving for two years and imposed a three-month suspended sentence.

The defendant, of Hampton Wood Road, Finglas, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence at Stockhole Lane, Cloghran, on October 19, 2018.

Garda Mark Gandola told Swords District Court that he was on mobile patrol when he stopped Farrell driving a white vehicle.

Gda Gandola said Farrell admitted he was not insured to drive.

Recklessly

The court heard that the defendant had 12 previous convictions, including one for uninsured driving.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said that Farrell was heading to work when he was stopped by gardai.

He was running late and he "stupidly and recklessly" borrowed his partner's car.

Ms Flannery said Farrell completed his Junior Certificate but he later developed addiction issues and was homeless.

Farrell sought treatment in 2016 and has since been clean. However, he has had mental health difficulties from time to time.

Ms Flannery said Farrell had one son, and was due to start a new job shortly.

She also said the defendant had never had a driving licence, and therefore in his defence he was not driving while disqualified.

Ms Flannery further said that Farrell was living in hostel accommodation and was looking to get a permanent home.

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