In­sur­ance cover not com­pul­sory in Iraq – de­fen­dant

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

IN­SUR­ANCE cover is not com­pul­sory in Iraq, the District Court learned from de­fend­ing solic­i­tor Lana Do­herty.

She rep­re­sented Al­beer Alkhawri (25) from 1 Bridge Grove, Bohreen Hill, En­nis­cor­thy be­fore Judge Ger­ard Haughton.

He ad­mit­ted be­ing on the road at The Fair­ways in Mul­gan­non last year where he was in­ter­cepted by Garda Mairead Cum­mins.

Ms Do­herty ex­plained that her client ar­rived from Ire­land no more than seven months be­fore the of­fence.

He and his mother, who was present for the hear­ing, fled Iraq af­ter his fa­ther and brother were both killed.

He now cared for his wheel­chair-bound mother, while also tak­ing a course in com­puter cod­ing.

The court was told that there is no re­quire­ment to tax or in­sure ve­hi­cles in Iraq.

He had a li­cence is­sued in his coun­try of ori­gin at the time of the of­fence but this was not valid in Ire­land.

The solic­i­tor as­sured the judge that the de­fen­dant had since put his in­sur­ance and li­cence in or­der.

He was fined €250, with six months al­lowed for pay­ment.

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