A MAN apprehended driving while disqualified ‘put his nose out to the authorities’, a Judge has said. 

Lukasz Balog (21), with an address at Glendale Manor in Letterkenny, was before Lettrkenny District Court.

Balog was stopped by Gardaí at 6.10pm on April 14, 2020 at Glendale Manor. Gardaí knew Balog to have been disqualified.

At separate courts in Letterkenny and Ennis in 2018, Balog was banned from driving for periods of five years, whiel he was given community service in 2018 for driving with no insurance.

Solicitor for Balog, Mr Kieran Dillon, said that it was a ‘very serious matter and a serious concern what is coming’ for his client.

“There can be no doubt as to what he should not do,” Mr Dillon told the court.

“A car was left to his house for his uncle and he was persuaded to take it. He drove it a short distance and thought it was different whole within the housing estate.

“This is a very serious matter. His actions have put driving beyond his reach for many years. He has done his community service, but it is very hard to put an old head on young shoulders. He has stressed to be me that he has seen the error of his ways.”

Mr Dillon said his client was a family-orientated man who had recently moved to Carrick-on-Shannon to seek employment.

“That didn’t deter him,” Judge Paul Kelly said.

“He was disqualified previously while driving disqualified.”

Judge Kelly adjourned the case until December 21 to allow for a the preparation of a probation report and community service report.

“I am not restricting to these options,” Judge Kelly warned. “This is really putting his nose out to the authorities, particularly so soon after being given the benefit of community service.”


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