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Sunday 25 August 2019

Newlywed in crash 'wrongly thought he had car insurance'

Ali Chatoo was fined €850 and disqualified for four years
Ali Chatoo was fined €850 and disqualified for four years

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.

Mistake

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.

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