Trac­tor owner con­victed of in­sur­ance of­fence

Gorey Guardian - - NEWS -

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.

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