Appeals judge says higher sentences needed to deter repeat offenders

Appeals judge says higher sentences needed to deter repeat offenders

An appeals court judge said sentences might have to be increased in cases of repeated driving without insurance as the prison terms were not deterring offenders.

An appeals court judge said sentences might have to be increased in cases of repeated driving without insurance as the prison terms were not deterring offenders.

Chelsea Hurley of Dunmanus Crescent, Knocknaheeny, Cork, was appealing against a five-month jail term for offences that included driving without insurance.

Judge Seán Ó Donnabháin said he would have to start increasing sentences that were being appealed to his court.

“What I said about increasing the sentences is going to have to be done,” the judge warned at Cork Circuit Appeals Court.

However, in Chelsea Hurley’s case he simply affirmed the order of Cork District Court so she now commences a five-month prison sentence and the twelve-year driving ban.

The judge was told that the young woman repeatedly defied court orders banning her from driving and drove numerous times without insurance.

The charges related to a driving incident at Sunday’s Well Road, Cork, on March 11 2020.

The young motorist was sentenced to five months in jail and banned from driving for 12 years at Cork District Court originally for driving without insurance. A driving without reasonable consideration charge was taken into consideration.

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