May 19, 2024

A Ballyshannon man who couldn’t keep in mind taking one other particular person’s automobile whereas he was drunk has been given a suspended sentence.

Gerard McWeeney was additionally given a six-year driving ban for what his solicitor referred to as ‘a second of insanity’.

The 51-year-old McWeeney, of West Rock, Ballyshannon, was earlier than Ballyshannon District Court docket in reference to the case.

McWeeney was disqualified from driving when he took a automobile from Market Avenue, Ballyshannon. Gardai obtained a report and launched an investigation.

Officers situated the automobile a brief distance away. McWeeney was recognized as the motive force and he made a voluntary warning memo to gardai.

The court docket heard that the offence was dedicated whereas McWeeney was serving a six-year disqualification. McWeeney instructed gardai he couldn’t keep in mind the incident, however recognized himself on CCTV.

Mr Frank Murphy, solicitor for McWeeney, stated his consumer was ‘within the midst of habit’ when the incident occurred.

McWeeney has not drank within the final 14 months, his solicitor stated.

“He was affected by an habit and taking ache remedy,” Mr Murphy stated. “He noticed the automobile with the keys in it and drove it a brief distance down the street. The automobile was recovered.

“It was a second of insanity. He’s searching for assist. He’s sober for 14 months now and is in part-time employment. He’s making amends and never making the identical errors as throughout this aberration.”

Decide Ciaran Liddy stated an aggravating issue was the disqualification that McWeeney was below on the time.

McWeeney was given a six-month jail sentence, which was suspended for 2 years by Decide Liddy given that the accused doesn’t drive a mechanically propelled automobile throughout that point.

Decide Liddy handed McWeeney a six-year ban from driving.

On a separate cost of getting no insurance coverage, McWeeney was given a two-year disqualification, which is to run concurrently to the opposite ban.

Man who couldn’t keep in mind taking automobile is banned was final modified: April twenty second, 2024 by Workers Author