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Banned driver was delivering clothing to son, court told

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Eimear Cotter

A BANNED driver who turned away from a garda checkpoint was delivering clothes to his son, a court heard.

Jason Fagan (28) knew he should not have been driving, but he took a chance because he had wanted to bring clothes to his son.

Judge David McHugh adjourned sentencing to a date next month, saying Fagan was going to jail but he would give him time to put his affairs in order.

Fagan, of Summerhill Place, Dublin 1, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence at Ratoath Road in Finglas on May 12, 2021.

Sergeant Maria Callaghan told Blanchardstown District Court that Fagan turned away from a garda checkpoint.

When he was stopped by gardaí he did not have insurance or a driving licence, the court heard.

The court was told the defendant had six previous convictions for uninsured driving, and received a four-year driving ban in 2017.

Defence lawyer Alan Fitzgerald said Fagan had no excuses for his behaviour and he realised it was a stupid thing to do.

Mr Fitzgerald said Fagan had a poor history and it was not an excuse, but the reason he was behind the wheel was because he was delivering clothing to his son. Fagan, a qualified chef, had also recently received a promotion in work.

The judge adjourned sentencing to February, saying that on the next date he proposed imposing a five-month sentence and a six-year disqualification.

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