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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Driver forged his licence off pal's test

A man who failed the driver theory test four times has been jailed after he forged a learner permit licence
A man who failed the driver theory test four times has been jailed after he forged a learner permit licence

A man who failed the driver theory test four times has been jailed after he forged a learner permit licence from a friend's test results, a court has heard.

Aaron Dunne (21) asked his friend to sit the theory test in Dunne's name and then altered the friend's licence by putting his own photograph on it.

The licence was seized but reissued the next day after Dunne reported it lost at a garda station and gardai stamped a licence replacement form.

Dunne of Grangeview Road, Clondalkin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to ten counts of having and using a false learner permit driving licence at various locations in Clondalkin, Dublin and in Tullow, Co Carlow on dates between June and November 2012.

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Judge Mary Ellen Ring jailed Dunne for two-and-a-half years for the fraud offences, after noting he has a prior history of using false driving licence documents. She banned Dunne from driving for four years for an offence of driving without insurance.

Detective Garda Colm Traynor told Dara Hayes BL, prosecuting, that the altering of the licence was done to such a level that most people, including himself, would not spot it without specialist equipment.

Dunne's friend sat the theory test in June 2012 and the licence was issued in Dunne's name later that month. Dunne altered the licence by changing the photograph to one of himself.

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