Judge asks why she shouldn’t send Limerick woman to jail for latest offence

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

A mum with four previous convictions for no insurance was up in Kilmallock Court for two more insurance offences

A mum with four previous convictions for no insurance was up in Kilmallock Court for two more insurance offences

A MUM with four previous convictions for no insurance was up in Kilmallock Court for two more insurance offences.

Leanne McNamara, aged 31, of James Connolly Park, Tipperary Town was stopped by Garda John Ryan at Garranemore, Pallasgreen on May 6, 2017, and in Moanoola, Oola on April 8, 2017.

Garda Ryan said on May 6, Ms McNamara was driving at 82kms in a 50km zone.

“There were two children not wearing seat belts,” said Ms McNamara, who was also up in court for no insurance, driving licence and non display of tax disc.

Ms McNamara also faced no insurance, driving licence, and non display of tax disc counts on April 8. The court heard Ms McNamara has four previous convictions for no insurance.

Ted McCarthy, solicitor for Ms McNamara, said at the time his client was living a chaotic lifestyle.

“She was living in Tipperary but her family were in Limerick. There has been a big change in her circumstances. She has moved back to Limerick. She doesn’t have a vehicle. She has a history of drug addiction but is in rehab. She is rearing two children on her own. One has special needs,” said Mr McCarthy.

Judge Marian O’Leary asked why she shouldn’t send Ms McNamara to jail.

“She is in a much, much better place,” said Mr McCarthy, who asked if the Probation Services could be involved.

Judge O’Leary ordered a pre-sanction report from the Probation Services and adjourned the case until February.