Moville motorist “in grave danger”

A Moville man, whose “lifelong dream” was to drive, has appeared in court for motoring offences.

Sean McCarthy, 46, Ard na Guala Duibhe, Moville appeared at Carndonagh District Court on Tuesday, where he pleaded guilty to driving without an NCT, driving without a licence or insurance and failure to produce a licence, insurance and NCT certificates.

Buncrana Garda Inspector David Murphy told the court the charges arose from an incident on October 9, 2013 at Greenbank, Quigley’s Point. On that date, Sergeant Traynor was operating a checkpoint with the Road Safety Authority.

At 1,10pm, he stopped a red Fiat Seicento, which had no tax, insurance or NCT discs displayed. The Garda demanded McCarthy produce these and he replied he did not possess a licence. Gardai then seized the vehicke.

The court heard McCarthy has a previous conviction dating from Novemebr 2012 for drink driving, he was disqualified for one year.

Defence solicitor Ms Geraldine Conaghan said her client has a “number of difficulties,”

“He lives alone and is very reclusive,” she said.

Ms Conaghan added that McCarthy’s “lifetime dream” was to learn how to drive.

She said he had been “fixing up” the car he was driving, working with a local garage man.

The court heard he was “one light away” from putting the car though the NCT.

Ms Conaghan said on the day in question, McCarthy had missed the bus and decided to “chase it” in the car,

Judge Paul Kelly told Ms Conaghan that McCarthy was “treated very leniently” by the court previously.

He said his options were “very limited” and due to the “remote area” in which McCarthy lives, community service might not be an option.

He adjourned the case until June 17th for a probation and community service report.

Judge Kelly told Ms Conaghan McCarthy was in “grave danger” of a prison sentence.