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Thursday 14 December 2017

Uninsured driver was on the way to visit sick husband

Connors mistakenly believed insurance would cover her
Connors mistakenly believed insurance would cover her

A woman was prosecuted after she was caught driving without insurance on the way to visit her sick husband in hospital.

Mary Connors (36) mistakenly believed she was covered to drive the car when she went to see her husband, who has since died.

Judge David McHugh fined her €200 for motoring offences when she appeared before Blanchardstown District Court.

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The accused, of Sundale Close, Tallaght, pleaded guilty to uninsured driving at Cheeverstown Road, also in Tallaght, on November 29, 2012.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the court the accused was stopped while driving a Fiat Punto on the Cheeverstown Road at 8.48pm on the evening in question.

She produced a passport when gardai asked to see her documents.

Connors had a driving licence, her barrister told the court.

In a separate incident, Connors was stopped at a garda checkpoint at the Outer Ring Road, Clondalkin, at 10.35pm on April 12, 2015.

The accused was driving an Opel Vectra with no insurance disc on it. The tax disc displayed was out of date.

When questioned, Connors gave a false first name.

Gardai did not believe the name she gave and arrested her.

In relation to the first no insurance charge, her barrister said Connors had insurance that covered another vehicle and she believed it had been an open policy that also covered the vehicle she was stopped in.

She accepted this was a "mistaken impression".

Connors needed to drive at the time because she was going to visit her husband in hospital, her barrister said. Her husband has since passed away.

The prosecuting garda agreed that Cheeverstown Road was en route to Tallaght Hospital.

Judge McHugh asked why it had taken so long for the 2012 offence to be finalised.

Theft

The prosecuting garda said there had been a number of bench warrants taken.

In relation to the second case, the court heard the accused also went by the name Mary Theresa Connors.

She had previous convictions for theft and motoring offences.

Fining and convicting Connors, Judge McHugh said he was taking account of the "considerable difficulties" she had at the time of the offences.

He fined her €100 on each charge.

The charges against the defendant were under the Road Traffic Act.

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