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Tuesday 19 September 2017

Man fined for attaching yacht to trailer with just a single wire

Jeremy Beshoff
Jeremy Beshoff

A yachtsman who failed to adequately secure a boat he was transporting by road has been fined.

Jeremy Beshoff (29) had only a single wire holding the boat to a trailer he was towing by car.

A garda sergeant said the yacht would not have stayed on the trailer if there had been a collision.

Judge Anne Watkin fined Beshoff, a motor dealer, €100 but did not disqualify him from driving.

The defendant, of Boghill Road, Howth, admitted before Dun Laoghaire District Court to two road traffic offences at Rock Road in Blackrock on June 18, 2015.

The court heard that Beshoff had a licence but was not covered to drive the particular vehicle he was in control of at the time.

He also admitted that he failed to take adequate procedures to prevent a load from falling.

Sgt Ronan Quinn said he stopped Beshoff driving a 2006-registered Range Rover on Rock Road at about 1pm on the date in question.

Serious

Sgt Quinn said the Range Rover was drawing a large trailer, which had a yacht sitting on it.

He said there was only a single wire securing the boat and that, if there had been an accident, the yacht would not have stayed on the trailer.

The sergeant accepted the matter was not the most serious, and he said the yacht made it to its destination.

Beshoff had contested the matters on the grounds of delay, saying it had been 16-and-a-half months since he was first summonsed to court.

His solicitor argued that Beshoff had lived under the threat of losing his driving licence for nearly two years.

However, Judge Watkin said she did not believe Beshoff had suffered any undue prejudice.

The court heard he was moving his yacht and would not have driven the vehicle had he realised his licence did not cover him to drive a load of that size.

The defence solicitor asked Judge Watkin not to put Beshoff off the road as he works in the motor trade and needs his driving licence.

"It is a mistake that he won't make again", the solicitor told the court.

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