Limerick motorist is jailed and banned for 15 years

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Solicitor Sarah Ryan
A MOTORIST who was caught driving without insurance on six separate occasions was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for fifteen years.

A MOTORIST who was caught driving without insurance on six separate occasions was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for fifteen years.

At Limerick Court, Michael Quilligan, aged 25, of Altimira Court, Thomondgate pleaded guilty to each of the offences which happened on dates between February 21, 2011 and February 14, 2011.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly was told all of the offences happened at locations in the city and that on each occasion the father-of-four was driving a different car when stopped.

Sgt Donal Cronin told the court the defendant, who has 61 previous convictions, was disqualifed when he committed four of the offences as he was banned from driving for ten years in May 2011.

Solicitor Sarah Ryan said her client’s actions were “stupid rather than arrogant” and she said he was “not in a good place” due to his addictions to alcohol and drugs.

Ms Ryan added that Quilligan was “attempting to clean the slate” by pleading guilty to all of the offences before the court.

“He has every reason to sort himself out because he has four young children and he does not want to spend the rest of his life in prison,” she said.

Despite, Ms Ryan’s plea for leniency, Judge O’Kelly said it “would be sending out the wrong message” if he did not impose a harsh penalty.

“It would be making a mockery of the entire system. There would be no incentive for anyone to drive with insurance,” he said.

The judge imposed sentences totalling two years imprisonment with the second twelve months suspended for two years.

Quilligan was also disqualifed from driving for the next 15 years.

Separately, the judge fined him €100 for not appearing in court on a previous occasion.