Driver drove uninsured because of ‘real threat to his life’


An uninsured driver has been sentenced to four months in prison for “genuine threats to his life” after getting behind the wheel.

Ean Berkeley, 37, was advised to leave his neighborhood and the best mode of transportation is a private car, a court heard.

Judge Gerard Jones convicted him and also banned him from driving for 20 years after hearing he had 16 prior convictions for uninsured driving and what his defense accepted was a “very checkered past”.

The judge implemented the prison sentence at the same time as a prison sentence that the defendant is already serving.

Berkeley, a father of three from Kilclare Gardens, Tallaght, pleaded guilty in Blanchardstown District Court to three counts of uninsured driving.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan said the accused was stopped at Outer Ring Road, Clondalkin on March 18, 2020 and did not have insurance at the time.

On March 26 of that year he was again caught driving a car on Boherboy Road, Saggart.

Berkeley was again stopped on duty at Saggart by Gardaí on February 24 of that year.

The defendant came from the direction of Slade Castle and again admitted that he had no insurance.

Berkeley had a total of 128 criminal convictions and was recently sentenced to three months in prison and a 15-year ban from working for uninsured driving.

Barrister Ciaran MacLoughlin said Berkeley accepts he has an unfortunate record and a “very checkered past.”

When asked by Judge Jones to explain the reason for the crimes, he said there were real threats to his client’s life at the time.

“He was advised to leave Saggart at some point and the best mode of transportation was privately in a vehicle,” Mr MacLoughlin said.

Berkeley worked for a glass roof company, was married, and had three children.

He had no addiction problems and was described as having a character, reliable and hardworking.

Mr MacLoughlin said the accused had a history of anxiety, stress and impulsive behaviour. Despite the “very bad record” of his client, he asked the judge for leniency.

The judge said the sentence runs from the day of the conviction. Driver drove uninsured because of ‘real threat to his life’

Fry Electronics Team

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