No Insurance, is very Serious, Tip, Dont Appeal; Curtis, will be out in a week, the Jails are Full?

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Uninsured driver caught on way to pick up granddaughter

8th September 2022

A GRANDFATHER caught for uninsured driving had foolishly gotten behind the wheel after his granddaughter rang and asked him to collect her, a court heard.

Paul Curtis (59) was stopped by gardai after he flashed his lights at an unmarked patrol car.

Judge David McHugh imposed a three month sentence and a five-year driving disqualification.

The defendant, of  Blessington Road, Brittas, Co Dublin, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence at Newcastle Road in Lucan on December 14, 2021.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that gardai were on mobile patrol around 4.50pm when they were flashed by the lights from a black Mondeo.

They stopped and spoke to the driver, who said he did not have a driving licence. Curtis was asked to produce his insurance documents. He nominated Clondalkin garda station and failed to produce it.

The court heard Curtis had 28 previous convictions, including a number for uninsured driving.

In relation to this incident, defence solicitor Terence Hanahoe said Curtis had received a call from his granddaughter, asking him to collect her.

The car was in the yard and Curtis foolishly decided to get behind the wheel.

Mr Hanahoe said Curtis was nearly 60 and he realised that he “should have far more sense at this stage”. He had nothing else pending before the courts, the solicitor added.

Recognisances were set in the event of an appeal.

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