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19/10/2021

Eight months for Kildare man who toppled mother's car

Went out to buy cigarettes

Eight months for Kildare man who toppled mother's car

Naas Court

A Kildare man was sentenced to eight months in custody at Naas District Court on Wednesday, April 3 for dangerous driving after he took his mother's car to buy cigarettes and toppled it while driving with no insurance and drivers licence.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons as his mother took out an interim protection order against him on the same day as he appeared in court, came to the attention of gardai on April 3, 2019 after he was in a single vehicle crash landing the car on it's roof outside Athy.

The court heard that he had taken the car from his mother without her consent and crashed it into a ditch. He was found standing next to the upside down car.

He told the court that he was not injured as he had been wearing his seat belt.

Hi s mother who was also in court said that she was both shocked and disappointed in her son.

“Sorry Judge,” he said.

“I have €2,500 to pay for the damages.”

His solictor told the court that the defendant had a chronic addiction to heroin and confirmed to Judge Desmond Zaidan that his client was 'on something' in court when the judge noticed his speech was slurred. The court heard that he now wants to address his drug issues. He has ten previous convictions.

He was sentenced to eight months and disqualified from driving for two years.

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