Driver made colour copies of in­sur­ance disc for sec­ond car

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A driver made colour pho­to­copies of his in­sur­ance, tax and NCT discs and put them on an­other car.

How­ever, an ea­gle eyed Garda at a check­point saw that the discs on the wind­screen of La­zlo Toth’s car were fraud­u­lent.

Toth, of Car­rowkeel, Bun­na­howen, Bal­lina was stopped at a check­point at Bel­tra on Oc­to­ber 11 th 2017 by Garda John O’Reilly and was sum­moned be­fore Sligo District Court for not hav­ing tax, NCT or in­sur­ance on the car.

In­spec­tor Paul Kil­coyne said fixed penalty charge no­tices were is­sued in re­spect of the tax and NCT but these were not paid.

In­spec­tor Kil­coyne said the doc­u­ments on the car did not be­long to that ve­hi­cle. The de­fen­dant did not have any pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

The In­spec­tor agreed with Mr Tom MacSharry, solic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) that the de­fen­dant made full ad­mis­sions at the scene and also in a state­ment later made at Sligo Garda Sta­tion.

Mr MacSharry pleaded that the de­fen­dant, a Hun­gar­ian na­tional had a fam­ily car at his home which was fully taxed and in­sured. He de­cided to take his sec­ond car into Sligo in or­der to get it re­paired with a view to sell­ing it.

He copied the doc­u­ments from the other car to this one but this was spot­ted by the Garda at the check­point. The de­fen­dant didn’t have the money to tax this sec­ond car and it was now gone, hav­ing been crushed.

Toth apol­o­gised in court say­ing he was the fa­ther of a small child and lived in a very ru­ral area with his dis­abled wife. There was no pub­lic trans­port avail­able.

He only did this once and it would never hap­pen again. He told the Judge he had made colour pho­to­copies.

Judge Kil­rane fined Toth €300 for not hav­ing in­sur­ance and €300 for us­ing a false in­stru­ment.

“He was pretty adept at what he was do­ing,” he said.

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