13 Aug 2022

Dundalk court: Convicted of driving with no insurance of licence

Dundalk court: Convicted of driving with no insurance of licence

Dundalk courthouse

A 36 year old man who had previously been convicted in his absence of driving without insurance or a driving licence, was just 100 yards from the border when he was stopped at a Garda checkpoint, it was claimed at Dundalk district court last week.

The defence barrister also argued Barry Murphy with an address at Chapel View, Newry Road, Crossmaglen could have driven off, but had chosen instead to show respect to An Garda Siochana by stopping for them.

Mr Murphy was before the court charged with driving without insurance or a driving licence at Dungooley Cross in north Louth on August eighth 2019.The court heard the accused had three previous convictions including drink driving and driving without insurance.

Mr. Murphy's barrister said his client has suffered from depression and abuse of alcohol in the past, and was lawfully driving in Northern Ireland.

He said on seeing the checkpoint he had decided against turning back as he wanted to show respect and said he was 100 yards in the Republic where his Northern Ireland driving licence and insurance were no longer effective.

He added his client has stopped drinking and is driving lawfully now and was anxious not to lose his driving licence as he works on building sites across the country.

Judge Eirinn McKiernan adjourned the case to May 18th for the preparation of a Probation report and to give the court presenter the opportunity to check with the investigating garda, if the defendant was at the location outlined to the court.

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