Prison sentence for driving offences

A FIVE MONTH sentence was handed down to a motorist who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

A FIVE MONTH sentence was handed down to a motorist who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at the last sitting of Kilkenny District Court.

Gavin Freeman, Castlewarren had previously admitted the offence of dangerous driving and to having no insurance and no driving licence when he was stopped by gardai at Revenagh, Castlewarren on June 11, 2009. He also admitted having no insurance, driving while disqualified and dangerous driving at Old Leighlin, Carlow on February 16.

At the last court sitting a probation report was handed into the court. Solicitor John Harte told the court that his client had been going throught ‘a chaotic period’ and had ‘fallen foul of the law on a number of occassions’. “He now realises that he shouldn’t have been driving and he won’t be driving for a long period to come.”

Judge William Harnett told the court that he would not be considering a community service order in the case. “If someone wants to drink themselves to death or kill themselves on drugs then that is their own business but people who drive and show disregard for everyone else they have to learn the hard way. After reading the probation report I am not going to consider a community service order and I am going to impose a custodial service order,” he said before imposing a five month prison sentence.

He also banned the defendant from driving for six years and imposed a fine of 1,900 euro.