A HOMEMADE TAX DISC created using a picture from a camera phone did not deceive Garda John Connolly. District Court heard last week how motorist Gerry Murphy (59) of Ballycarrigne, The Harrow was at the wheel of Ford Transit van inspected by the Garda at Moyne Lower in Enniscorthy on August 10, 2010.
Murphy, represented by solicitor Julie Breen, admitted fraudulent use of a tax disc. The judge was told that the defendant, who never held an Irish driving licence, took a picture of a tax disc on his mobile and scanned the image to produce a false disc.
Ms. Breen said her widowed client was running a courier business which ran into severe financial hardship. He failed to transfer insurance from an alternative vehicle when he set out to collect some money. Since the incident, Ms. Breen continued, Murphy had suffered a severe stroke which left him in severe pain with the prospect that he may never be able to work again.
The solicitor accepted that the charge was serious but suggested that the defendant's actions were an act of desperation. Murphy was fined on the treble - for the tax disc fraud €100, for having no licence €100, and for being uninsured €300 - a total of €500. He was also banned from driving for two years.