South East man given eight-year driving ban and 240 hours community service
Driving a man who drank too much alcohol home has earned a 27-year-old man an eight-year driving ban and 240 hours community service order.
Judge Terence Finn imposed these penalties on William Reilly of Bay 3 Ballyknock Halting Site, Cashel, County Tipperary, at the latest sitting of Cashel District Court.
Reilly pleaded guilty at the court to driving without insurance or a driving licence at Boscabell, Cashel on April 1 last year.
He was stopped at 3.10am on that date by Gda. Mark Rabbitte, who told the court there was an insurance disc on the vehicle Reilly was driving but it was for another vehicle.
Gda. Rabbitte said Reilly had 19 previous convictions, 15 of which were for road traffic offences.
He received a six-year driving ban for traffic offences in 2013.
Defence solicitor Eamonn Hayes said his client was with a man who consumed alcohol to excess.
"Rather than have him take control of the vehicle, he drove him to his home and was returning to his own home when he met Gda. Rabbitte," the solicitor explained.
Mr Hayes added that Reilly was in a relationship and the couple had a six year-old child. He was unemployed and was more than willing to do community service.
The Probation Officer on duty at the court assessed Reilly as suitable to do community service and later in the court sitting Judge Finn imposed two community service orders of 120 hours on Reilly in lieu of a total of seven months imprisonment.
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