Off the road for 12 years

A 28 year old local man with seven previous convictions for driving without insurance - who was caught driving while disqualified, was given a five month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.

A 28 year old local man with seven previous convictions for driving without insurance - who was caught driving while disqualified, was given a five month suspended sentence at Dundalk district court last week.

Gary Bailey - with an address at Grange Close, Muirhevnamor was also banned from driving for 12 years.

The court was told that gardai had stopped the defendant driving a Renualt Megane on Jocelyn Street in Dundalk on the second of November last year.

The court heard the accused was uninsured and had seven previous convictions for the same offence.

The Defence solicitor said that apart from the circumstances of his client driving there were no other aggravating factors - such as an accident.

He added that the defendant would be well known to gardai and would be easily spotted.

The solicitor said his client has spent a significant period of time in prison “albeit for offences at district court level”.

He added the accused had very acute difficulties with drugs and alcohol in the past.

The Judge said that while the accused may be able to clean up his act in some areas - the use and abuse of vehicles isn’t one of them.

He imposed a €500 fine and 12 year ban for driving without insurance and a five month sentence - suspended on Gary Bailey entering a Probation bond for two years, for driving while disqualified.