A motorist banned from driving for twenty years was caught driving again four months later and today he was jailed for six months.
47-year-old James Ryan of 2 Orrery Terrace, Blarney Street, Cork, appealed to Judge Olann Kelleher not to jail him.
Ryan said his wife was critically ill and his time with her was precious. He said he was very ill himself a few months ago, adding that in fact, “I was clinically dead.”
Ryan, who had 153 previous convictions, including eleven for driving without insurance and 97 for theft, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance again last November, and doing so while disqualified for 20 years, and stealing vodka and rum at Lidl in Kinsale in July 2018.
“I apologise for my appalling behaviour. I have no new charges. I am never going to be in trouble with the guards again. These matters are ancient,” Ryan said.
Judge Kelleher said that indeed they were not ancient and that the no insurance offence only happened in November 2019, four months after he was banned for 20 years.
Ryan said, “I walk everywhere now, your honour. And I have a bus pass. I have no trouble with gardaí, I have no nothing, I haven’t drove, your honour, and I am off all drink. My wife badly needs my help. Every day is precious. I really don’t want to miss her.”
Garda Ray Costello said the accused man was caught driving without insurance at Parnell Place on November 30 2019.
A new 20-year driving disqualification was imposed on him from today.