Disqualified driver given prison term

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Judge Mary Larkin activated the suspended sentence
A YOUNG man who admitted driving while disqualified was sentenced yesterday to six months’ imprisonment after a suspended sentence was activated.

A YOUNG man who admitted driving while disqualified was sentenced yesterday to six months’ imprisonment after a suspended sentence was activated.

Last week, Colin Broe, aged 25, who has an address at Clonile, Old Cratloe Road pleaded guilty to a number of road traffic offences relating to incidents which happened earlier this year.

Making an application under Section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act, Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court the defendant was disqualified at the time of the most recent offences and did not have insurance.

He told Judge Mary Larkin the defendant was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment on December 8 last but that the sentence was suspended for a year on condition he did not reoffend.

Urging the judge not to activate the suspended sentence, Solicitor John Herbert said there was an “emotional element” to his client’s behaviour.

He said the father-of-three had separated from his partner a short while before the offences and that following the split they were living on opposite sides of the city.

“He moved back with his parents on the southside while his own family were living on the northside,” he said adding that Mr Broe drove over and back as he had obligations such as dropping his children to school and to creche.

“It’s not a very complex state of affairs,” said Mr Herbert who accepted there were no extenuating circumstances.

Activating the suspended sentence, Judge Larkin noted that Mr Broe has seven convictions for driving without insurance.

“My difficulty is when I impose a suspended sentence, I hope the person takes the opportunity not to reoffend,” she said.

The defendant is due to be sentenced today in relation to the most recent offences, which triggered the Section 99 application.

By law, any sentence imposed today must be consecutive to the sentence activated yesterday.