| 11.4°C Dublin

wheel man Banned driver caught behind the wheel outside his house was 'parking a car for a guest', court hears

Charles Kamanga (37) was also under a suspended sentence when he decided to drive the car "a short distance".

Close

Stock image

Stock image

Stock image

A BANNED driver caught behind the wheel outside his house on New Year's Eve was parking a car for a guest at his home, a court heard.

Charles Kamanga (37) was also under a suspended sentence when he decided to drive the car "a short distance".

Judge Gerard Jones jailed him for three months and banned him from driving for six years.

Kamanga, an interpreter and father-of-two from Elmfield Court, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence.

Garda Martin O'Brien told Blanchardstown District Court the accused was stopped at Ninth Lock Road at 11.20pm on December 31, 2020.

Kamanga had been given a two-month suspended sentence and four-year driving ban in February last year for drink driving, having no insurance and other offences.

On New Year's Eve, the accused was parking a car for someone who had come to stay for the night, his solicitor Valerie Buckley said, asking the judge for leniency.

"He was driving while disqualified and under a suspended sentence," the judge said.

"My options are very narrow," he added.

He refused to instead impose a community service order and fixed recognisances in the event of an appeal.

"Someone under a suspended sentence out driving on the road on the last day of the year is very serious," Judge Jones said.

Sunday World Newsletter

Sign up for the latest news and updates

This field is required This field is required

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices


Top Videos





Privacy