- Dec 12, 2007
So now he's on his 327th conviction.A drunk driving father-of-15 had a "meltdown" when he led gardaí on a chase after they spotted an open bottle of beer beside him in his car.
Jimmy Connors (60), a chronic alcoholic, had already clocked up 326 previous convictions for a range of offences when gardaí caught him starting his car while highly intoxicated.
He was living in the car at the time after "falling off the wagon" over the death of a son.
Banning him from driving for 25 years and jailing him for four months, Judge David McHugh said Connors' litany of prior offences was "some kind of record".
In a previous incident, on April 5 last year, Connors was stopped driving at the Maldron Hotel car park in west Dublin. He had no insurance and gave gardaí a false date of birth and address. Connors was already serving a two-year sentence for burglary when he entered his pleas. His litany of prior offences included convictions for assault and threatening to kill.
Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said most of the prior convictions were for motoring offences. He was a chronic alcoholic who had "never gotten to grips with" his problem.
Do we really have to wait until he kills someone before his drink-driving activities (along with his other behaviour) is taken seriously ?
I hope his workplace has someone to replace him.
Being able to afford 15 kids, he must have a very high-paying & high-powered job.