Motorist warned by Judge

Buncrana courthouse.
Buncrana courthouse.

A Glengad man has been warned by a judge he will face a prison sentence if he comes before him again on a motoring offence.

Sean Keen, 18, Seaview Terrace, Culkeeny, Malin appeared at Buncrana District Court on Thursday on a number of motoring offences, including driving with three bald tyres and with no tax, NCT or learner plates.

The offences occurred at Ballymacarry Lower, Buncrana on February 19th this year.

The court heard Keen was convicted in February 13th for careless driving, for which he received a community service order in lieu of three months imprisonment and was disqualified for three years. He was also convicted of careless driving, which had been reduced from dangerous driving, on January 21st of this year for which he was fined and disqualified for one year.

He was also convicted of no insurance in 2009.

Judge Paul Kelly observed how the latest offence occurred just days after Keen had been previously convicted in court.

Defence solicitor Mr Ray Lannon told the court Keen was originally from London and had moved to Glengad to be close to his grandmother.

He said he had co-operated fully with the probation officer and had completed his community service in relation to his previous offences.

He said Keen accepted his vehicle needed new tyres and the danger of driving with bald tyres.

He added the 30-year-old accepted he had a “string” of motoring offences and “wants to turn over a new leaf.”

Judge Kelly said he was “struggling with the concept of someone driving a car with three bald tyres after walking out of court three days previously.”

He fined Keen 100 euro for the left bald tyre and took the others into consideration. He struck out the charges of driving with no tax or NCT and fined him 100 for driving unaccompanied.

He also warned Keen that if he came before him again on a motoring offence, he would be facing more than community service.