A MOTORIST who was disqualified from driving when he was stopped by gardaí was fined €250 and banned from driving for four years at Kilkenny Court.
Tony Murphy, 64 Mallfield, Thomastown was convicted of the offence at Derrynahinch, Ballyhale on October 19, 2010. Solicitor Tom Walsh told the court that his client was offered work ‘driving bales around’. “He understood that other matters (that had previously been before the court) were under appeal and he felt that he was not disqualified and that it was okay to drive. He transpired that he had not appealed in the requied time period,” he said. Mr Walsh also informed the court that the defendant’s employer at the time had an open driving policy and was unaware of that the defendant was disqualified.
Evidence was also given that the defendant had a number of previous convictions under the Road Traffic Act, including a previous conviction for no insurance. Judge David Anderson remarked that, had the defendant not been under the mistaken belief that matters previously before the court were under appeal, he would have considered a custodial sentence.