Wednesday 18 September 2019

Father jailed after he threw himself in front of car to win damages

A man who threw himself in front of a car and then claimed damages against the driver has been jailed for a year. (stock photo)
A man who threw himself in front of a car and then claimed damages against the driver has been jailed for a year. (stock photo)

Jessica Magee

A man who threw himself in front of a car and then claimed damages against the driver has been jailed for a year.

A MAN who threw himself in front of a car and then claimed damages against the driver has been jailed for a year.

Waquil Alatise (52) admitted making a false statement at Clondalkin garda station on January 17, 2015, intending to show that another person had committed a driving offence.

The father of six, of Russell Walk, Fortune's Way, Tallaght, South Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court in February.

The court heard Alatise collapsed in front of the woman's car as she waited to exit a car park, then falsely claimed she had hit him while talking on her phone.

Passing sentence yesterday, Judge Elma Sheahan condemned Alitise's "premeditated behaviour" which she said caused the victim "significant distress and upset" and "made her life a misery" until his guilty plea.

"It's a most serious offence," said the judge. "It demonstrates a high level of culpability and the highest degree of intent."

She jailed Alatise for 16 months but suspended the final four months, on condition he keep the peace for four months after his release.

Judge Sheahan said Alatise's motivation had been to defraud the woman's insurance company and he had submitted a claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, which he had since withdrawn.

Judge Sheahan said despite good mitigation, she was compelled to give Alatise a custodial sentence given the effect on the victim and "the necessity, in general, to deter this kind of behaviour".

Garda Colm Byrne told Barry Ward BL, prosecuting, that he was called to the Mill Centre car park on the Old Nangor Rd, Clondalkin, on November 8, 2014.

A woman who had been driving her husband's car, on which she was insured, told gardaí she had been waiting to exit the car park with the hand break engaged when she saw something out of the corner of her eye.

She said she saw a rucksack jutting out from her front passenger wheel and a man lying on ground. The woman said she got out and asked the man if he was OK, but he wouldn't answer.

She rang 999 and was "adamant" she had not hit the man as her car had been stopped at the time.

An eyewitness at the scene later told gardaí he had seen the driver stopped for a few seconds at the car park entrance when a man walked across in front of her car and collapsed.

Mr O'Leary said the driver had not been on her phone and the man was not hit by the car.

The DPP concluded that the woman should not be prosecuted and gardaí arrested Alatise.

Irish Independent

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