A SLIGO BORN accountant who was caught travelling at 148 km/h near Castlebaldwin escaped four penalty points at Sligo District Court after he paid €400 to a charity.
Summoned for speeding on February 19th last was Colm Watters, Greygates, Mount Merrion Dublin.
The court heard he already had four penalty points having been detected driving while holding a mobile phone last May and for another speeding offence in July.
Watters told the court he had a faulty letter box attached to the electric gates at his home and claimed he didn't receive the fixed penalty notice regarding the Castlebaldwin offence.
He said the back of the letter box would fall off when envelopes were put through it, causing the letters to blow out on to the road.
He accepted he didn't know if the fixed charge penalty notice was one of those that may have blown away.
Had he got the notice he would have paid it immediately like the other two he got this year, he said.
Judge Kevin Kilrane said Watters had to take the blame for a faulty letter box.
A speed of 148 kph approaching Castlebaldwin was appalling.
This was a busy intersection with a pub, garage and restaurant in close proximity. There were also traffic calming measures in place. Mr. Mark Mullaney, solicitor (defending), pleaded for the matter to be dealt with other than by way of a conviction.
Judge Kilrane said he would be talking about €400 for charity.
When this was produced, Judge Kilrane ordered €200 be given to the St. Vincent De Paul Society and €200 to SHOUT.
The summons was then struck out.