Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Irish judge puts uninsured drivers off the road for 40 years each

Judge John Coughlan
Judge John Coughlan

An Irish judge has banned three drivers from driving - for an astounding 40 years each - after they were found to have no insurance.

Judge John Coughlan imposed the penalties at Tallaght District Court, South Dublin, in three separate cases, according to the Irish Independent.

Pub landlord Frank Kelly, 59, from Tallaght, pleaded guilty and his solicitor asked the judge not to impose a custodial sentence, as Kelly would lose his job.

Judge Coughlan fined Kelly €500, banned him from driving for 40 years and sentenced him to five months in jail, suspended for two years.

Karl Grant, 29, from Citywest, was a serial uninsured driver, the court heard. He was already disqualified when he was stopped by gardai three times for driving without insurance.

After his solicitor pleaded with the judge not to impose a custodial sentence, Grant was sentenced to five months in jail, suspended for two years, and given a 40-year disqualification.

In the third case, Alan McCabe, aged 24, from Tallaght, had just bought his car when he was caught driving without insurance or a licence.

He had 22 previous convictions, including driving without insurance.

Judge Coughlan sentenced McCabe to four months imprisonment, suspended for two years and disqualified him from driving for 40 years.

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