Jail sentence for man caught speeding on Limerick motorway

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

The man detected travelling at 164km/h on the M20 motorway at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell

The man detected travelling at 164km/h on the M20 motorway at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell

A SPEEDING motorist who was prosecuted for dangerous driving on a section of motorway in Limerick has been sentenced to two months’ imprisonment.

Kieran Parrott, aged 28, of Cois na hAbhainn, Tuam, County Galway was detected travelling at 164km/h on the M20 motorway at Cloghacloka, Patrickswell, on September 11, 2018.

Inspector John Moloney told Limerick District Court the defendant  was stopped at around 7.25pm by members of the divisional roads policing unit who were alerted to his speed.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client – a father of three young children – was not offering any excuse for driving at such speed on the day.

Urging the court not to impose a disqualification, he said Mr Parrott has no previous convictions for driving offences and that he requires his licence as his partner does not drive.

“I would ask that you take into account his family situation, he needs his licence,” he said.

However, imposing sentence Judge Marian O’Leary said the actions of the defendant were “ridiculous and stupid”.

She further that commented the lack of any reason for Mr Parrott driving at such speed was an aggravating factor which she had to consider

In addition to a two year disqualification, she fined him €400 and imposed a two month prison sentence.

An appeal against the severity of the sentence has been lodged.