A MAN caught using a fake driving licence was fined and banned from driving when he came before Gorey District Court.
Shane McCaul (27), of Marshalstown, Enniscorthy, was charged with driving a commercial van without insurance or a licence, and using a fake licence, at Ballyhast, Gorey, on May 12 last.
He admitted buying the fake licence in Northern Ireland. He had insurance, but since the licence was fake, the insurance wasn't valid.
His solicitor Niamh Moriarty said that her client works as a farrier, and got an apprenticeship in Enniscorthy, but never had any reason to drive. In 2008, he was let go, and set up his own business. He failed his theory test three times, and was late for another test by five minutes.
He employed a man to drive him around, which was a huge drain on his finances. He later was saving for a wedding and let the driver go. While he was at home in Omagh with family, a person offered him a licence. 'It seemed a way out,' she said, adding that he then put it to the back of his mind.
He sat his test in May this year and got a provisional licence.
' You're asking me to believe somebody just said to him, would you like a driving licence?' said Judge Haughton. 'This was somebody who failed four times, let his driver go, and then by sheer coincidence somebody offered him a licence!'
For no licence, he fined him €300. For using the fake licence, he fined him another €300, and no insurance resulted in a further €300 fine and a three-year driving ban.