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Uninsured driver given suspended sentence will be jailed if he is caught again

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Andrew Phelan

A MECHANIC stopped for driving without insurance has been warned he will be jailed if he is caught again.

Nasaur Saleh (29) was given a three-month suspended sentence at Blanchardstown District Court.

Saleh, of Latchford Place, Clonee, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence at Phibblestown Road, Clonee on June 27.

The court heard the accused had 28 previous convictions, a number of which were for having no insurance.

He was disqualified from driving at the time.

Saleh, from Palestine, had a lot of responsibilities and was bringing in money for his extended family, his solicitor Sandra Frayne said. He had a 20km journey to work and was driving for his job.

A garda said the accused was compliant and "very easy to deal with".

Judge Colm Roberts said the accused would have to think of lawful alternatives to driving, such as "a good electric bike".

"He doesn't need a licence for that, he can fly along."

"This is his real last chance," Judge Roberts said. "He can't do it again or he's going to prison. Being pleasant will only get him so far."

He suspended the sentence for two years.


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