Tractor owner convicted of insurance offence
A TRACTOR owner was called before the court last week on a charge of no insurance, after it emerged that a juvenile who had been employed to drive it had no licence and was thus uninsured.
Charles McCarthy (49) of Kilbegnet, Castletown, Gorey, pleaded guilty to the charge emerging from an incident at Camolin on June 15 last.
The court heard that gardaí stopped a juvenile driving the tractor and discovered that he had no licence.
McCarthy, the owner of the vehicle, said that he was fully of the belief that the young man had a licence and solicitor Garrett Fitzpatrick told the court that he would have been insured had he had a licence.
Gardaí conceded that the defendant did believe that the young man had a licence and was shocked to find he didn’t.
Mr Fitzpatrick said that the young man and his father were present in court and could give evidence if necessary.
Judge Haughton said that he accepted the case stated and said it was an ‘unusual case’. He opted to fine McCarthy €200, but exercised his discretion not to disqualify.