Newlywed in crash 'wrongly thought he had car insurance'
A newly-married man was caught driving without insurance after he was involved in a minor road traffic accident, a court has heard.
Ali Chatoo (30) was working in a used car dealership at the time and had mistakenly thought that he was insured to drive.
Judge Miriam Walsh fined Chatoo €850 and disqualified him from driving for four years.
The judge also imposed a three-month sentence, which she suspended for a period of 12 months.
The defendant, of Merchant's Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, admitted driving without insurance or a driving licence.
Garda Liam Hynes told Swords District Court that he was called to the scene of a road traffic accident at Seamount Road, Malahide, on October 4, 2017.
Gda Hynes said he made the lawful demand for the defendant, who was driving a 2009-registered vehicle, to produce his insurance certificate and driving licence but he failed to do so.
The court heard that Chatoo had two previous convictions, and received a two-year driving disqualification last December.
Defence solicitor Bernard Stobie told the court that Chatoo had been working in a motor dealership at the time of the incident, and had thought that he was insured to drive the vehicle.
Mr Stobie said this was a mistake, and Chatoo wished to apologise for it.
Mr Stobie said that Chatoo had lived in Ireland for 10 years, had been an asylum seeker and was in a long-term relationship.
Chatoo and his wife only got married two weeks ago, the court heard.
Mr Stobie asked the judge to be as lenient as possible, claiming it was a genuine error on his client's behalf.