Soldier escapes ban from driving
JAMIE RYAN from 42 Sliabh Amharc in Enniscorthy was spared disqualification from driving as he received a conviction for a motor insurance offence last week.
The District Court heard how Ryan came to the attention of Garda Charlena McCormack when he was involved in a road accident at the Milehouse Road on February 12. He received hospital treatment for head injuries after the collision.
It turned out that he had insurance but it did not cover him to drive the 1996 Wexford registered vehicle he was in that day. Solicitor Niamh Moriarty told Judge Gerard Haughton that her client owned a Nissan Primera but took to the road in his second car after the battery failed on the Nissan, genuinely believing that he was covered.
The court learned that the accused was 23 years of age and serving in the Defence Forces, commuting daily to the barracks in Kilkenny. Ms. Moriarty described him as a very responsible young gentleman.
The judge imposed a €300 fine but reckoned that disqualification would be a disproportionate additional punishment.