The Courthouse, Mulgrave Street
A MOTORIST who was caught driving without insurance for a sixth time has been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.
Liam Hennessy, aged 28, who has an address at Black Road, Newport, County Tipperary pleaded guilty to a number of road traffic offences relating to a detection at Rosbrien Road, Limerick on November 26, 2017.
Inspector Helen Costelloe told Limerick District Court, the defendant was stopped after gardai encountered him driving while on routine patrol in the area.
She said he has five previous convictions for driving without insurance and that he was disqualified from driving at the time having been banned for eight years in December 2015.
Insp Costelloe said Mr Hennessy received a further disqualificaton (four years) at Nenagh District Court earlier this year relating to an offence which happened in County Tipperary in 2015.
Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client accepts he has a “very poor record” and that he should not have been driving at the time.
“He has learned his lesson,” he said adding that Mr Hennessy – a father of two young children – has not driven since the incident.
No explanation was given in court as to why the defendant was driving on the day.
Seeking leniency, Mr McCarthy said “He has not come to the attention of gardai for road traffic matters since,” and that there are no other matters before the courts.
Noting the defendant’s guilty plea, Judge Marian O’Leary commented that it was “a bit late” for him to have learned his lesson.
She said his previous convictions were an aggravating factor as was the fact that he was disqualified from driving at the time of the most recent offence.
Given his history, she said a custodial sentence was warranted in the case.
She imposed a four month prison sentence and fined the defendant €500.
She fined him an additional €300 for driving without a driver’s licence.
Mr Hennessy, who was also disqualified from driving for eight years by Judge O’Leary, has lodged an appeal against the severity of the sentence.
He has been released on bail pending the outcome of that appeal which is likely to come before Limerick Circuit Court early in 2019.