Tallaght man had 71 convictions, nine lifetime driving bans and two 40-year disqualifications

Tallaght man had 71 convictions, nine lifetime driving bans and two 40-year disqualifications

AN UNINSURED driver who is serving nine lifetime driving bans was caught behind the wheel with his wife and young child in the car, a court heard.

Father-of-two Gerry Connors (29) was previously warned by gardai his life was under threat and he was “under pressure” at the time of this incident.

Judge Patricia McNamara said Connors has “a very serious criminal history”.

She imposed a five-month sentence and disqualified Connors from driving for 10 years. The judge also imposed a separate four-month sentence suspended for 18 months.

The defendant, of Daletree Place in Tallaght, admitted to driving without insurance or a driving licence on the N81 Tallaght Bypass on September 11 last year.

Garda Maria Dennison told Tallaght District Court she was on mobile patrol on the N81 when she saw Connors driving a Volvo C30.

Gda Dennison said she activated the blue lights and sirens on the patrol car, indicating for Connors to stop, which he did.

The garda said Connors admitted he had no driving licence or insurance. She said his wife and young child were in the car at the time.

The court heard Connors has 71 previous convictions, including nine for uninsured driving. He also has nine lifetime driving bans and two driving disqualifications of 40 years.

He further admitted to possession of €25 worth of cannabis on April 7, 2015.

Defence solicitor Michael Hennessy said Connors is a married man with two children, aged four and 10 months.

Mr Hennessy said the defendant is currently out of work and on social welfare and last worked as a scaffolder.

Mr Hennessy said Connors accepted he had been driving, and had no excuses to offer to the court for his behaviour.

He said the defendant has been the subject of Garda Information Message papers in the past, officially warning him of a threat to his life.

He urged the judge not to jail Connors and to order a probation report, saying the defendant has served quite a number of prison sentences.