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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Uninsured driver jumped into back seat

Mark Sharlott appeared at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Damien Eagers
Mark Sharlott appeared at Blanchardstown District Court. Photo: Damien Eagers

A young driver stopped his car and jumped into the back seat after he saw gardai, a court heard.

Mark Sharlott (20) initially told gardai he had bought the car from Travellers, but later denied the car was his.

Judge David McHugh fined Sharlott €200 and put him off the road for two years.

The defendant, with an address at Woodavens in Clondalkin, was found guilty before Blanchardstown District Court of driving without insurance or a driving licence at Palmerstown Woods in Lucan on September 19 last year.

Garda Darryl Hearns said he was on mobile patrol around 10.30pm when he saw a 1999-registered car coming along Ninthlock Road and it then picked up speed as it turned into Station Road.

Gda Hearns said Sharlott jumped from the driver's seat and jumped into the back seat.

The garda said he clearly saw Sharlott driving the vehicle, and the defendant admitted at the scene that he had been driving.

Unemployed

In his evidence, Sharlott denied he was driving, saying he was sitting in the back behind the passenger seat.

Finding him guilty, Judge McHugh said he believed Sharlott had "lied under oath".

The court heard that the defendant has never been in trouble before.

Defence solicitor Simon Fleming said the defendant, who is currently unemployed, hopes to train as a mechanic.

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