Suspended sentence for repeat offender

A FATHER of seven who drove while disqualified, under the influence of alcohol and without insurance was handed down a nine-month suspended sentence and banned from driving for seven years.

A FATHER of seven who drove while disqualified, under the influence of alcohol and without insurance was handed down a nine-month suspended sentence and banned from driving for seven years.

Seamus Delaney, 16 Kilkenny Road, Ballylinan admitted the offences which took place at the Kells Roads on August 5. Inspector Joe Carton told the court that the reading was 81 per 100 in breath.

Solicitor Michael Lanigan said that his client was a 37-year-old man with seven children under the age of 18. “When this incident occurred he and his wife had parted and he had been left with the seven children. He now recognises that he found the pressure he was under to be intolerable. He went drink and lost his inhibitions and drove. He now recognises that at the time he failed to recognise that he was a person who abused alcohol. To have a third conviction for drink driving is beyond simple bad luck. For some time before the incident he was on anti-depressants and alcohol which is not a good combination. He is now aware of the marital difficulties that existed and that he left his children down and has attended a residential programme at Cuan Mhuire. He reconciled with his wife once she saw that there was a genuine effort to deal with the alcohol problem and realises that it was very serious to breach a court order (a disqualification order for a previous conviction for drink driving). He was under serious personal pressure at the time and he has addressed the underlying problem and has stopped drinking,” added Mr Lanigan.

Judge John Lindsay imposed a seven-year disqualification order and imposed a total term of imprisonment of nine months which he suspended.