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disqualified Motorist stopped by gardaí 'surprised' to find out that he had driving ban


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A MOTORIST stopped by gardaí was "surprised" to find out that he had been banned from driving over a build-up of penalty points on his licence.

Father-of-two Carl Williams (33) did not realise he was under disqualification when he was driving in west Dublin.

He was fined €100 for driving without a valid licence when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court. Williams, of Hazelwood Crescent, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty.

The court heard he was driving a VW Transporter at the M7 in Clondalkin on October 9 last year when he was stopped.

He told gardaí he was on his way home from work. When gardaí checked his details, they found he was disqualified from driving due to an accumulation of penalty points.

The court heard the accused appeared surprised to hear this but co-operated fully.

Defence barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said Williams ran his own business and had always been insured.

Mr MacLoughlin said he did not think the accused would ever be in court again. "I don't think you will ever see him again," he told the judge.

Judge McHugh said it was "unfortunate" but it was the law that the accused must be fined.

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