Actress and model Vivienne Connolly’s day in court
MODEL turned actress Vivienne Connolly was spared a fine and the possibility of four penalty points on her licence when she appeared in court for speeding.
The former top model faced a summons which had been issued against her for driving in excess of a 50kph built-up area speed limit, at Conyngham Road, in Dublin, on the afternoon of September 17 last year.
The mother-of-two had to come to court as a result of the non-payment of a €80 fixed charge notice, which also results in two penalty points being recorded. However, she fought her ground and was cleared after pointing out that she never received the notice.
As she handed in her driver's licence, Traffic Department Garda Gareth Vance told Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court that he had been operating a speed camera.
He detected her driving a '05-reg car “at 64kph in an area governed by a 50kph speed limit”, the court heard.
Judge Coghlan then said to her “it might be better if I don't hear it” and asked “do I know you?”
Ms Connolly, who represented herself in the case, paused before answering, “you might do”.
The judge then suggested an adjournment to another date and said he hoped that would not inconvenience her.
She then spoke up and said “we do not know each other personally” before adding, “I am an actor”.
Ms Connolly, who was wearing a purple T-shirt, pink trousers and runners, then confirmed that she was happy for Judge Coghlan to deal with the case.
She accepted the garda's evidence but said “I did not receive the notification” referring to the fixed penalty charge adding that she would have paid.
Ms Connolly, who has an address in Castleknock, Dublin, said “no” when asked if she had changed address.
She thanked Judge Coghlan who said that in the circumstances he was striking out the case.
His order left the actor spared the possibility of an increased fine and having four penalty points recorded on her licence.