Carrick-on-Shannon District Court

Man is an absolute menace on the road, says Judge

Suspended sentence

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A father of three was described as “an absolute menace on the road” by Judge Kevin Kilrane at last week's sitting of Carrick-on-Shannon District Court.

Fabian Muntean, 11 Warren Grove, Boyle was stopped by gardai at Abbeytown, Boyle on September 30, 2017.

He was subsequently charged with failing to produce insurance, no insurance; non display of tax; non display of insurance; failing to ensure a passenger under the age of 17 wore a seatbelt and having no seat belt.

Mr Muntean has a number of previous road traffic convictions including no insurance. His solicitor, Martin Burke, pointed out these dated back to a time when his client was 19-20.

He said Mr Muntean is now 25 and a “very different man.”

Mr Burke pointed out Mr Muntean had an insurance policy on the date in question but it was for another vehicle.

“This vehicle (he was driving) was one he had bought three days before,” said Mr Burke.

He said Mr Muntean is a father of three children and on the day in question he had taken his mother and one of his children for a drive in the new car.

“He made a mistake,” acknowledged Mr Burke adding that Mr Muntean lived with his parents and his children and is the “sole driver in the household.”

“He has four previous convictions for no insurance,” observed Judge Kilrane, “I hope you are not asking me not to disqualify him.”

“He's an absolute menace on the road.

“I am not satisfied that community service is appropriate in this instance.”

For failing to have insurance, Mr Muntean was given a five month prison sentence suspended for three years on the condition that he incur no further road traffic convictions during this time. He was also disqualified from driving for four years.

The summons for failing to ensure a passenger under the age of 17 wore a seatbelt resulted in a conviction and €100 fine while a further summons for non display of tax was marked proven and taken into consideration.

The remaining summonses for non display of insurance; failing to produce insurance and not wearing a seatbelt were struck out.