The man was convicted at Newcastle West court on two separate counts of driving without insurance
USIS Eliass, 34 Woodfield Drive, Newcastle West was convicted at the local court on two separate counts of driving without insurance.
Evidence was given that last March 30, he drove without insurance at Station Rd, Newcastle West and he was fined €25) and was disqualified from driving for two years. A charge of failing without a licence was taken into consideration.
He was fined €500 and disqualified from driving for four years for driving without insurance at Gortroe last April 13 and a charge of driving without a licence was taken into consideration.
The court was told that Eliass had one previous conviction for driving with excess alcohol for which he had been disqualified from driving.
“Once is bad enough but he was driving while disqualified on two occasions,” his solicitor Michael O’Donnell said.
But he stressed, his client had not come to notice since. In the first instance he said, his client was driving to work. He had gotten a call-in and the nature of the job was such that he couldn’t turn it down.
In the second instance, he was collecting his child from creche, Mr O’Donnell said.”On both occasions, he was driving his wife’s car which was insured,” he pointed out but it didn’t cover his client.
His client had now sorted out arrangements, was getting a lift to work and uses a bicycle around town. Mr O’Donnell pleaded for leniency as his client and his wife were “barely struggling” on their wages.