SEVEN MONTHS IMPRISONMENT AND 20 YEAR DRIVING BAN FOR DEFENDANT WITH 90 PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS

28 September 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

At Monday’s sitting of Monaghan District Court, Judge McLoughlin sentenced Sigitas Baranauskis, with an address at Corbeg, Silversteam, Monaghan, to seven months imprisonment and disqualified the defendant from driving for twenty years.
Garda Inspector Pat McMorrow told the Court that Garda Mullens was assaulted on September 16th last whilst Gardaí were executing a bench warrant for the defendant’s arrest.
The Court heard that the defendant, who had 90 previous convictions, removed his clothing down to his underwear and socks before striking Garda Mullens with his fist. The defendant had to be restrained with pepper spray before being conveyed to Monaghan Garda Station.
Solicitor Paul Madden said that his client had been working on a car at the back of the house when Gardaí arrived, and that he had wanted to go into the house to wash his hands and change into clean clothes. However, he was already in custody and if he were to enter the house Gardaí would have to re-arrest him.
Mr. Madden explained that his client was going to change in the street and had “no intention of frustrating Gardaí.” The married father of one, who was a professional driver until he lost his job because of a conviction and had been living on State assistance ever since. The defendant and his family had been living in Ireland for almost ten years.
The Court also heard that when the defendant was stopped for having no insurance at Drumully, Emyvale on August 22nd, 2011, he was under the impression that the vehicle was covered by insurance, as it was a Northern registered car insured in that jurisdiction.
Nonetheless, his client did admit to being under the influence of an intoxicant on that occasion.
Judge McLoughlin said that although Mr. Madden was acting on the instructions of his client, he had trouble believing it as the defendant’s record spoke for itself.
Therefore, he sentenced the defendant to five months imprisonment and disqualified him from driving for five years on a charge of drunken driving at Drumully, Emyvale on August 22nd, 2011.
On a charge of no insurance on the same date and at the same location, the Judge handed down a concurrent prison term and disqualified the defendant from driving for 20 years.
Judge McLoughlin also handed down a two-month consecutive sentence for the assault on Garda Mullens at the defendant’s home on September 16th last.
The defendant had been in custody since September 17th, so the sentence was backdated, the Court heard.

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