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20-year ban for Buncrana car dealer 27.07.07

A CAR dealer with a string of previous convictions has been jailed for ten months and disqualified from driving for 20 years.
Andre Sava, 68 Marian Park, Buncrana, pleaded guilty at the local court for driving without insurance at New Road in the town on April 3rd, 2007.
He also pleaded guilty to having no insurance at Redcastle when he was stopped at a Garda checkpoint driving a Northern-registered gold-coloured Mercedes Benz on December 9th, 2006.
Sava already had five previous convictions for no insurance and was currently serving a prison sentence. He had 19 previous convictions in total, the court was told.
Judge Desmond Zaidan took a dim view of the offences. He said a man who could afford a Mercedes Benz should be able to afford insurance.
However, defence solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn said his client bought and sold cars for a living. Judge Zaidan indicated he was out of patience with the accused. He imposed sentences of six months on each of the two charges, to run consecutively and also imposed a 20-year driving disqualification.
Mr. MacLochlainn appealed for some leniency saying he would have expected "some change for a double plea".
"He's buying and selling cars and he treats the road traffic laws like this. How do you expect sympathy from me? Judge Zaidan asked Mr. MacLochlainn.
However, he reduced the jail terms to five months each but refused to allow them run concurrently. Sava was granted bail on his own bond of 3,000 and an independent surety of 6,000, of which 5,000 had to be lodged in cash.
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