26 Sept 2022

Carlow man sentenced to eight months in prison after fifth conviction for no insurance

Driving charges

Man sentenced to eight months for no insurance at Athy district court

Athy court

A man who was before Athy District Court on Tuesday, February 28, for driving while uninsured on two occasions was sentenced to eight months and disqualified from driving for three years.

Petru Cirpaci, with an address listed as 54 Millrace, Burren Road, Carlow, came to the attention of gardai on August 9, 2017, for driving without any insurance at Bakersford, Athy.

The court heard that this is his fifth conviction for driving with no insurance. He was also stopped on June 14, 2017, by Gardaí on the Dublin Road, Athy, and he had no insurance on that occasion, the court was told.

The defendant, who has seven children, had a number of different vehicles on the road at the time.

He was trying to keep a car on the road to transport his children to and from school, the court heard.

He is a married man in reciept of €400 disability allowance a week.

"This is his fifth conviction," said Judge Desmond Zaidan. "He is going to prison," he added. 

The defendant was sentenced to four months for driving with no insurance on June 14, 2017, and four months, consecutive, for driving with no insurance on August 9, 2017. He was disqualifed for three years.

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