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Disqualified driver was homeless and living in his car, court hears

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Eimear Cotter

A BANNED driver caught driving without insurance was living in his car at the time, and was parking up in a shopping centre car park when he was stopped by gardaí, a court heard.

Gary Henry (30) had fallen out with his parents, had nowhere to live and was staying in his car with his girlfriend at the time.

Judge Gerard Jones imposed a three-month sentence and disqualified Henry from driving for 15 years.

The defendant, of Beechpark Avenue in Coolock, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence on the N3 on December 14, 2020.

Garda Colm Fox told Blanchardstown District Court he stopped a vehicle on the N3 outbound shortly after 10pm.

Gda Fox asked Henry for his insurance documentation but he admitted he did not have it.

The court heard that Henry had 211 convictions and was serving a 10-year driving ban at the time.

His defence said that Henry was living in his car with his girlfriend at the time.

The car had been parked up in the car park of a hotel and Henry was moving it to a shopping centre car park.

His defence said Henry was homeless at the time, but he was now living in a hotel and his partner was expecting his first child.

The solicitor accepted Henry had a bad record, but said he had fallen out with his parents.

The defendant was a victim of his circumstances and it was "nothing more than that", he added.

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