A 26 year old man who was caught driving while disqualified on four separate occasions was fined a total of €2,000 at the local district court last week and given a six month suspended sentence.
The court heard 26 year old Mark Riordan with an address at Kingswood, Blackrock Road, Dundalk, could have applied for the restoration of his driving licence next month had he not got behind the wheel again while banned.
He was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.
The court was told the defendant was caught driving on the Inner Relief Road, Cypress Gardens, Coe’s Road and Kingswood in Dundalk on separate dates last November and December when he was disqualified from driving for a drink driving offence, which was initially appealed but was later withdrawn.
He was stopped by the same garda on three of those occasions.
The solicitor said that had his client approached matters in a different way there would have been nothing preventing him from applying for the restoration of his driving licence from the 18th of July.
He described him as a ‘foolish man’ and said the circumstances that had him before the court ‘almost defies logic’.
The solicitor added that his client’s family had helped raise 750 euro, which he said was available if the court was minded to apply that in any particular direction.
The court heard there was no explanation being offered for the offending “save temporary convenience”.
The court was told the defendant gets 186 euro per week in social welfare and had instructed his solicitor to apologise to the court.
Judge Michael Coghlan said that stupidity in such circumstances ‘cannot be seen to be rewarded’ and added that it appeared that a disqualification has no value.
He imposed 500 euro fines for each of the four driving without insurance offences. He said the defendant’s activities seem to be mainly in the area of road traffic - and he was not anxious to put him in a place “where he might learn other tricks as well”.
He also imposed a six month sentence for driving while disqualified - but suspended it on Mark Riordan entering a bond to be of good behaviour for two years. However he warned him that his circumstances would become even more bleak if he gets behind the wheel of a car in the future.