Cork motorist caught driving without licence and insurance gets 10-year ban and jail sentence

Cork motorist caught driving without licence and insurance gets 10-year ban and jail sentence

A ten-year driving ban and a five-month jail term were imposed on a motorist who drove a car without a licence or insurance despite ten previous convictions for driving while uninsured.

35-year-old Rachel Ward who lives in an apartment at 18 William O’Brien Street, Cork, was sentenced by Judge Olann Kelleher at Cork District Court yesterday.

Sergeant Gearóid Davis said at Cork District Court that Ward’s latest incidence of driving without insurance was detected on the afternoon of July 18 at Polefield, Commons Road, Cork.

She had stopped her car and parked at the Circle K garage when approached by gardaí and asked for her licence and insurance – neither of which she had.

Frank Buttimer, solicitor, said the defendant had left it late to get to an urgent appointment and she took a chance by using the car and driving there.

Before sentencing was imposed, the solicitor said, “She knows she is at risk of a custodial term.” 

When the jail term was imposed, Mr Buttimer said, “I am told there won’t be an appeal.”

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