21 January 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A 33-YEAR-OLD Ballybay man who was before Monday’s sitting of Monaghan District Court for driving with no insurance (while already disqualified from driving) on two occasions last year was given concurrent suspended five month prison sentences and 15-year driving bans in respect of each offence.

Patrick McMahon (33) of Mullan, Ballybay, pleaded guilty to having no insurance at Killyneill, Tyholland on 23rd November last, and also to driving without insurance at Mullaghmonaghan on 20th May 2015.

Garda Diarmuid Leane said that at 7.20pm on 23rd November he was operating a checkpoint at Killyneill when he stopped a 1999-registered car being driven by Mr McMahon, who he knew to be disqualified from driving. The defendant was subsequently arrested on suspicion of this offence.

Garda Raymond Lalor told the court that on 20th May last year, he was performing traffic duties at Mullaghmonaghan when he saw a blue VW Bora car drive past. The driver was known to him as Mr McMahon, who was known to have been disqualified from driving. When asked two days later to produce insurance, he said he had none.

The defendant had 33 previous convictions, Garda Inspector Pat O’Connell stated. These included two for no insurance, one for dangerous driving, 14 for the unauthorised taking of vehicles, eight for criminal damage, one for threatening a breach of the peace, two for assault, one for assault causing harm and one for larceny.

Judge Denis McLoughlin noted that the offences now before the court would bring to four the number of occasions Mr McMahon was up for insurance offences.

The previous insurance convictions included one at Monaghan District Court on 12th October 2015 for an offence on 13th May, for which he was disqualified for 12 years and given a community service order of 240 hours in lieu of five months’ imprisonment.

At Ballybay District Court on 1st June 2006 he was given a six-month prison sentence and 20-year disqualification for an insurance offence that was….

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