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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Banned driver left accident scene after row over damage

Telesales worker Taiwo Raji ‘was not proud’ of his actions
Telesales worker Taiwo Raji ‘was not proud’ of his actions

A banned driver whose parked car rolled into another vehicle left the scene after a row over the cost of the damage.

Taiwo Raji (35) had bought his car only that day and planned to sell it.

He was disqualified from driving at the time.

Judge Dermot Dempsey imposed a three-month sentence suspended for 12 months, fined Raji €200 and banned him from driving for four years.

The defendant, of Rathmullan Park, Drogheda, Co Louth, admitted driving without insurance or a licence and failing to remain at the scene of an accident last November 1.

Gda Ciaran McGroder told Swords District Court that Raji's silver-coloured Mazda was parked on Swords Main Street when it rolled into another vehicle parked at a gateway.

The defendant, who was in a nearby building, came out and spoke with the injured party.

There was an argument about the cost of the damage to the car and Raji became abusive.

Compensation

Another individual came upon the incident and tried to calm the parties down, Gda McGroder said.

He added that Raji then got back into his car and collided with the injured party before he left the scene.

Gda McGroder accepted that Raji had initially stayed at the scene of the accident, but left when the parties could not agree on compensation.

The court heard Raji had seven previous convictions and was banned from driving for three years last year.

Defence lawyer Deirdre Flannery said her client had bought the Mazda that day and had planned to sell it.

Ms Flannery said Raji took an unjustifiable risk in driving the car when he was uninsured.

She said the defendant did offer compensation to the injured party, but that was not acceptable and he did ultimately leave the scene.

There was no visible damage to the other car, she added, and this was not the stereotypical hit-and-run case.

Ms Flannery said Raji, a fath-er-of-three, worked part-time in telesales.

He was "not proud" of his actions, the lawyer added.

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