Limerick court hears that accused’s mental development is ‘frozen at 14’

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Limerick court hears that accused’s mental development is ‘frozen at 14’

The defendant, the court was told, had 101 previous convictions in all, with a number for driving without insurance

“I AM concerned about previous convictions, none of which have made any difference,” Judge Mary Cashin said at Newcastle West court when Thomas Kiely, Banrnakyle, Patrickswell appeared before her, pleading to three counts of driving without insurance.

The defendant, the court was told, had 101 previous convictions in all, with a number for driving without insurance.

Last December 21, the court was told, Kiely was stopped by gardai at Caherass, Croom initially gave a false name and address.

On February 20 last, at Barnakyle, Kiely drove off at speed when he saw gardai and last April, he was observed driving by a garda who was not in a position to stop but was aware he had been disqualified from driving.

Kiely had no insurance to cover his driving on any of the dates and at the time was disqualified from driving.

Pleading for his client, solicitor Michael O’Donnell said he was 24 but his development was ‘well behind those of similar age”.

”His development is frozen at 14,” Mr O’Donnell said, adding that his client had a fascination with cars and driving cars.

He explained to the judge that on one of the occasions he was caught driving without insurance and while disqualified, he was driving a friend’s car.

On another occasion, he had driven his mother’s car which she had left outside his house with the keys in it.

Pointing out that is was her duty to protect the public from Kiely, Judge Cashin adjourned the case to November 15, asking for full details of previous convictions and an up to date report on Kiely’s intellectual status.