Woman 'told tissue of lies to protect a friend' after crash
A young woman refused to tell gardai who had been driving her car when it crashed because she did not want to get a friend into trouble.
Hayley Lambert's mother begged her to tell gardai who had been behind the wheel, but she would not and ran into her home crying.
Swords District Court heard a man had been driving the car when it ploughed into the back of another in Swords, causing €3,700 worth of damage.
A garda witness said Lambert later admitted to him that she had been in the car, but she denied this, claiming it had been taken during a house party.
The 22-year-old, of The Drive, Seatown Park, Swords, was found guilty of failing to provide information to gardai and permitting someone to use her car without insurance.
Judge Dermot Dempsey fined Lambert €700 and banned her from driving for two years.
The judge said he believed Lambert had told a "tissue of lies" to the court and should be prosecuted for perjury.
Margaret Hickey and her daughter Niamh were app- roaching a roundabout at Glen Ellan Road on December 7, 2015, when their car was hit from behind.
The car, a red Toyota Starlet, slowed down but did not stop. A jogger took down its registration number.
Gda Tom Murphy said the vehicle was registered to Lambert and he called to her home the day after the crash.
Gda Murphy said he informed Lambert of her obligation to tell him who was driving, but she replied: "I'm not saying. Well, I wasn't driving it anyway. I was in the passenger seat."
Gda Murphy said Lambert's mother pleaded with her to disclose the information but she refused, as she did not want to tell on a friend, and ran into the house crying.
The court heard she "was afraid to tell gardai", but later told her mother who was driving.
In her evidence, Lambert, a carer for her father, denied she knew who had been driving her car when it crashed or that she had been in it.