A CARLOW man who was convicted of driving without insurance for the 11th time was given a four-month prison sentence last week. John Daly (57) of Upper Tomard, Bilboa pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and a licence and failing to produce driving documents at Tomard Upper, Milford on 21 July last.
At last week’s sitting of Carlow District Court, Sgt Hud Kelly said that the defendant had been disqualified from driving when stopped by gardaí. He had 54 previous convictions, including ten for having no insurance.
Defending solicitor Elizabeth Cass said her client had not driven for four years prior to the July offence. “At the time, he was in an isolated area, in a very rural area. He was going to his brother when he got in his car. He was stopped very close to his home.”
Ms Cass said her client was asthmatic and had a very high risk of covid. He had been living in a mobile home provided by Carlow Co Council. “He had not seen anyone in a long time,” said Ms Cass. “He decided on the day to see his brother because he needed help with his farming.”
Judge Geraldine Carthy said the court “could not ignore the recidivist offending” as she imposed a four-month sentence.
“Ten previous convictions for no insurance, driving while disqualified. The court has no other option; he has been afforded every opportunity, but today is the day custody cannot be avoided.”
Judge Carthy also handed down a ten-year driving ban.
Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal, including a condition that the defendant not drive.