Disqualified driver 'blatantly defying' his ban, Cork court hears

Disqualified driver 'blatantly defying' his ban, Cork court hears

The Courthouse on Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

A motorist was “blatantly defying a disqualification” by driving his car, a sentencing judge said at Cork District Court.

Darren Bruton of 172 Rathpeacon Road, Farranree, Cork, was stopped at South City Link Road in Cork, on August 26.

The 48-year-old was stopped at a routine checkpoint and it was found that he had no insurance and that he was driving while disqualified.

Frank Buttimer solicitor said that sufficient time had elapsed on the disqualification by last month that would have enabled the motorist to apply to be allowed back on the road. However, he had not made such an application and the driving ban was still in operation.

Judge Olann Kelleher said Bruton was blatantly defying the disqualification.

The judge imposed a five-month suspended prison sentence on the charge of driving while disqualified and imposed a further ban of three years to commence from now.

The motorist was also fined €850 for driving without insurance.

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