Malin motorist has ‘an appalling record’

Carndonagh District Court
Carndonagh District Court

A judge has ordered probation and community service reports on a Malin man who he described as having an “appalling record” of driving offences.

Francis Charles Kelly, (28) Culkeeny, faced a number of motoring offences at Carndonagh District Court last week.

These related to two dates, driving while disqualified and no insurance on December 19, 2012 and three counts of hit and run (failing to stop, failing to give appropriate information and failing to remain at the scene) as well as careless driving at Drumaville, Malin on October 2, 2011.

The court heard Kelly had just received a seven-year driving disqualification when stopped by Gardai on December 19, 2011 at Lecamy, Moville. He told Gardai he was insured. Garda Tully later learned Kelly had bene disqualified from driving at Kilcock District Court a few weeks earlier, on November 25, 2012.

The court was told that on Sunday, October 2, 2011, Garda Helferty was on duty when a report was received of a hit and run at Drumaville. A silver Volkwagon Bora, driven by Kelly, hit another vehicle and drove off. Another driver followed it and got the registration. The vehicle was registered to a Carmel Kelly and Gda Helferty went to her address and spoke with her. She said her son had been driving the car but was not home.

The Gda later spoke to him and he acknowledged driving his mother’s car. Garda Inspector David Murphy said it appeared that Kelly went around a bend too quickly and collided with another car. In his statement, he said he believed the two wing mirrors had collided.

Defence solicitor Frank Dorrian said Kelly was aware of the disqualification but “didn’t seek out the details”.

He said Kelly had written a letter in relation to some of his behaviour, in which his attempt to explain it came out as “garbled and chaotic.”

He said Kelly, who works in the fishing industry, had created problems for himself which leads to a “rather unhappy existence”.

His previous convictions include drink driving, for which he was disqualifed at Kilcok District Court for seven years and received a six month suspended sentence, public order and two counts of dangerous driving in 2011 for which he received suspended sentences and three counts of dangerous driving in 2007.

Judge Paul Kelly said Kelly had an “appalling record.”

He adjourned the matter until January for probabtion and community service reports, adding he was “not limiting” himself to this.