Limerick man jailed for two months after driving dad’s car uninsured

Newcastle West District Court.

BORROWING his father’s car turned out to be a bad decision for an Abbeyfeale man after a judge jailed him for two months for driving uninsured.

Patrick Cahill, of Knocknasra, Abbeyfeale, admitted in the Limerick District Court, sitting in Newcastle West, to a charge of driving without insurance.

The court heard that he was asked to produce proof of insurance by Gardaí at the scene of  a traffic accident at Gortaboy on July 15 last year.

When he did not produce any documents in the required timeframe, he was summonsed to court.

Judge Carol Ann Coolican heard that Mr Cahill, who was pleading guilty to the charge of driving uninsured, had two previous convictions for driving without insurance.

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His solicitor, Michael O’Donnell, handed in a letter for the judge to read. He said Mr Cahill was driving his father’s car on the date in question.

The solicitor added that while there were two previous convictions, “the last one was 15 years ago”.

Judge Coolican said that she hoped “he has learned his lesson”.

She imposed a two-month jail sentence and disqualified Mr Cahill from driving for two years.