THE key prosecution witness in the Shane Geoghegan murder trial has been disqualified from driving for 12 years after she admitted driving while uninsured for a tenth time.
April Collins, aged 26, formerly of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston pleaded guilty, at Limerick Court, to driving without insurance near her home on November 10, 2012.
Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told the mother-of-four, who was under 24 hour garda protection at the time, was stopped by Sgt David Callanan shortly before midday on the date of the offence.
Ms Collins, who faced a total of nine charges under the Road Traffic Act, was driving a 1998 Cork-registered car at the time.
In addition to not having insurance, she was also disqualified at the time and did not have a driving licence.
Sgt Callanan told the court he made a lawful demand of the defendant to produce her documents to a garda station of her choice within ten days.
However, he said Ms Collins informed him that she did not have insurance at the time and that she was bringing her sick child to her mother’s house.
Noting that Ms Collins was transporting a sick child on the date, Judge O’Kelly imposed a six month prison sentence, which he suspended.
In doing so, the judge commented that Ms Collins was “exceedingly lucky” not to have been jailed in the past and he added that she will face a prison sentence if she is caught driving between now and 2025.
For a full report, see this Tuesday’s Limerick Chronicle