Tipperary motorist jailed for driving while disqualified and called a 'pathological liar' by judge

Tipperary motorist jailed for driving while disqualified and called a 'pathological liar' by judge

                    A 30 year-old motorist caught driving without insurance twice while his licence was disqualified, has been branded a "pathological liar" by a district court judge as she sentenced him to four months imprisonment and banned him from driving for ten years.

Judge Marie Keane also said Shane Walsh from 11 Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir engaged in "outrageous carry on" and had no respect for the court as she imposed the sentence at Carrick-on-Suir District Court's latest sitting. 

Walsh had pleaded guilty at the court to driving without insurance or a licence at Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir on January 10 and at Treacy Park, Carrick-on-Suir on November 11 last year. 

Gda. David Moore said he stopped the vehicle driven by Walsh at Deerpark, Carrick-on-Suir  on January 10 and demanded he produce his driving licence and insurance. He undertook to produce them at Carrick-on-Suir Garda Station but failed to do so. 

Gda. Ruairi Ryan told the court he saw Walsh driving a car in Treacy Park at 10am on November 11 last year. There was no insurance displayed on the vehicle. He demanded Walsh produce his driving licence and insurance to a garda station within 10 days but he didn't. 

Gda. Ryan added that Walsh had seven previous convictions and was disqualified from driving for two years in 2017. 

Defence solicitor Eamonn Hayes said his client accepted he was driving when he should not have been and now fully complied with the driving disqualification. He was very fearful of serving a custodial sentence and was willing to undertake community service. 

He explained that his client's first conviction for driving without insurance occurred in circumstances where he travelled to Leamybrien to test drive a car he was interested in purchasing. 

While he had insurance, it didn't cover him to drive the car and he was detected by the gardai. At the time, he had his own business  but not having a driving licence caused the end of the firm. He had two children and was hopeful of restarting his business, which would allow him to give up the social welfare payment. 

Judge Keane said Walsh "carried out a charade" on November 11 last by undertaking to produce documents to the gardai in the full knowledge he was disqualified and he did this again on January 10. 

"You are a pathological liar, it's as simple as that," she declared and accused Walsh of thinking he could "hoodwink" the gardai every time he met them. 

"I have no alternative but to send you to prison. This is outrageous carry on. You clearly have no respect for this court."

She agreed to Mr Hayes' application to fix recognisance in the event of appeal.