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25 Jun 2022

Uninsured and drunk driver who showed ‘utter contempt’ jailed

A THIRD no-insurance conviction has resulted in a Brazilian national with “utter contempt for the rule of court” being jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for ten years at Tullamore District Court for driving while drunk.

A THIRD no-insurance conviction has resulted in a Brazilian national with “utter contempt for the rule of court” being jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for ten years at Tullamore District Court for driving while drunk.

Judge Catherine Staines was unimpressed that Eduardo Oliveira of 27 Eiscir Meadows, Tullamore was drunk while he was caught driving at 2.45am on March 19 this year.

Garda Allan Doherty had seen him swerving on the road, and when he stopped the car, Mr Oliveira stumbled out.

He was aggressive and resisted arrest.

He had 61mg alcohol/100ml breath, the court heard.

Solicitor Donal Farrelly said the 24 year old, who has been here for a number of years and worked for a considerable period at a meat factory, is now on social welfare.

The father of three hopes to get work, and Mr Farrelly asked the judge not to jail him, saying his partner was in court to support him.

Judge Catherine Staines said his third no-insurance offence was exacerbated by the fact he had been drinking.

If he had collided with someone, they wouldn’t have been able to claim against him, she said, sentencing him to six months for drunk driving and imposing ten year disqualifications for the drink-driving and insurance offences.

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