Suspended sentence for repeat offender

A DEFENDANT who admitted to driving without a valid insurance policy or licence was handed down a three month suspended sentence at Kilkenny District Court.

A DEFENDANT who admitted to driving without a valid insurance policy or licence was handed down a three month suspended sentence at Kilkenny District Court.

Roy Delaney, 2 Cluain na Saggart, Paulstown pleaded guilty to the offences at Garryduff, Paulstown on October 13. He also pleaded guilty to being intoxicated in a public place and to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at John Street on February 7. The court heard that at 2.40am gardai received a report of a row on John Street. A garda witness told the court that he saw a group of people fighting on the street and removed the defendant. “He was in a violent and aggressive state. I tried to calm him down but it was to no avail. I arrested him and put him in the back of the van and the defendant was banging on the inside,” the garda witness said.

Inspector Liam Connolly told the court that the defendant has 20 previous convictions, six of which are for road traffic related offences. Judge David Anderson imposed a three month sentence which he suspended on condition that he was not convicted of any offence for the next two years.