Teenage driver (18) gets away with driving ban ‘by the skin of his teeth’

A TEENAGE driver who had no insurance left Tallaght Court without a driving ban “by the skin of his teeth”.

Luke Wilson’s counsel, Stephen Montgomery BL, claimed his client had been driving because he was worried about his grandmother who he cares for.

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Wilson, aged 18, with addresses at Birchwood Heights, Tallaght, and Clarence Mangan Road, Dublin 8, pleaded guilty to having no insurance and no driving licence at Cookstown Road, Tallaght, on November 28, 2017.

Garda Michael Groarke told Judge John Lindsay that he stopped Wilson at 11.25pm on the above date.

He said he asked Wilson to produce his driving licence and insurance at a garda station of his choice within 10 days.

Wilson chose Tallaght but failed to produce the documents.

Garda Groarke said Wilson had three previous convictions.

At Athlone District Court on July 4, 2018, he had been fined €250 for theft.

At Tallaght Court on May 18, 2018, he was fined €150 for failing to produce his insurance certificate and €95 for having no driving licence.

Mr Montgomery said his client is living with his grandmother and cares for her.

He said Wilson is due to have an interview for a job as a stableman.  

He said that on the date in question Wilson had got news about his grandmother and drove when he shouldn’t have.

He asked the judge not to impose a driving ban as Wilson needs the car to look after his grandmother.

Judge Lindsay said he would not disqualify Wilson but said he was getting off “by the skin of his teeth”.

He fined Wilson €300 for having no insurance and €150 for having no licence.

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