Monday 2 March 2015

Charity boss Niall Mellon is spared a speeding conviction

Tom Tuite

Published 19/03/2014 | 02:30

Niall Mellon pictured leaving the Dublin District Court
Niall Mellon pictured leaving the Dublin District Court
Robbie and Martina Fox leaving the Dublin District Court

Niall Mellon, the philanthropist who runs a house-building programme for poor communities in South Africa, has been spared a speeding conviction after paying €250 to a charity fighting homelessness in Ireland.

The businessman and charity boss (46) had to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday as a result of the non-payment of an €80 fixed penalty notice speeding fine.

Judge Michael Coghlan heard that Mellon's car had been detected driving at 65kph in a zone governed by a 50kph speed limit on August 1 last year, at Auburn Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin.

A fixed penalty notice was sent to his address but not paid. Mellon, of Goatstown, Dublin, told Judge Coghlan he would have paid the fixed penalty notice if it had been received, and he then showed the judge a folder "meticulously kept" by his wife containing all his motoring documentation.

Judge Coghlan said he would strike out the case if he paid €250 to the court poor box for the benefit of the Focus Ireland charity. Mellon paid over the money at the court's office and later produced a receipt.

Meanwhile, nightclub boss Robbie Fox has been cleared of a speeding offence after his wife took responsibility and was fined €100.

Mr Fox, who ran VIP hotspot Renards for 17 years, was summonsed to appear at Dublin District Court yesterday as a result of the non-payment of an €80 fixed penalty notice speeding fine, which had been allegedly sent to his address in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

The court heard that his car had been detected driving at 70kph in a zone governed by a 60kph speed limit, at the N81, Blessington, Wicklow, on July 14 last. He told Judge Michael Coghlan "my wife was driving at the time" and he claimed he did not receive the fixed penalty notice.

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