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off the road Uninsured driver 'had just bought the car for his wife', court told


Piotr Jez, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan

Piotr Jez, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan

Piotr Jez, Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan

A MOTORIST caught driving without insurance claimed he had just bought the car for his wife and was bringing the vehicle to a local garage for it to be repaired, a court has heard.

Piotr Jez (37) tried to turn the vehicle away from a garda checkpoint but he was stopped by officers.

Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Jez €475 and disqualified him from driving for two years.

The defendant, of Hamlet Lane in Balbriggan, admitted driving without insurance, a driving licence or L-plates at Chieftains Drive in Balbriggan on April 17, 2020.

Garda Sean McGill told Swords District Court that gardaí were operating a checkpoint when he noticed a 2006-registered vehicle try to turn away from them.

Gda McGill said he spoke to the driver, who was a learner driver and was unaccompanied at the time.

The garda said that he demanded to see Jez's insurance, driving licence and NCT certificate but the defendant failed to produce the documents and the vehicle was seized.

The court heard that Jez had one previous conviction, but none for road traffic matters.

His defence said that Jez, who was unemployed, was married with three children.

She said that Jez had just bought the car for his wife and at the time he was stopped he was bringing it to the garage.

She asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, saying this incident took place nearly two years ago and Jez had not been in trouble since.

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