Wednesday 21 August 2019

Judge refers 'misleading' €60,000 car claim to DPP

Accident: Taxi driver Chris Nwachukwu told he misled solicitors. Pic: Collins Courts
Accident: Taxi driver Chris Nwachukwu told he misled solicitors. Pic: Collins Courts

Simon Smith

A judge has directed that the facts relating to a personal injuries claim by a taxi driver be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus for her consideration.

Judge James O'Donohoe told Chris Nwachukwu, of Brega Hamlet Lane, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, he had misled solicitors and wasted the court's time in his €60,000 damages claim for personal injuries arising from a traffic accident.

Barrister Shane English, counsel for the defendant Ms Katarina Paucova, of Castlegate Way, Adamstown, Lucan, Dublin 22, told the Circuit Civil Court that all the invoices submitted by Mr Nwachukwu in relation to alleged expenses all pre-dated the accident.

Mr English, who appeared with Newman Solicitors, said Mr Nwachukwu had submitted invoices totalling €1,279 to the court in respect of physiotherapy he had received and to have a sensor replacement installed in his car.

Counsel said the receipts submitted by Mr Nwachukwu had been from dates before the accident involving Ms Paucova on October 10, 2015.

The court heard Mr Nwachukwu had been involved in a number of previous car crashes.

Mr English told the court that Mr Nwachukwu had a total of four damages claims from car crashes and that two had pre-dated his claim against Ms Paucova.

He said the one currently before the court was in relation to a side impact collision.

However, Mr Nwachukwu had submitted receipts for the replacement of a reversing sensor in his car.

Mr English asked Judge O'Donohoe to dismiss the case on the basis that Mr Nwachukwu had submitted false and misleading evidence to the court.

Barrister John Nolan, counsel for Mr Nwachukwu, told Judge O'Donohoe that he would not have taken on his client's case had he been aware of the information that had come to light during the trial.

Judge O'Donohoe said Mr Nwachukwu did not appear to understand the seriousness of his situation.

Dismissing the €60,000 claim, Judge O'Donohoe told Mr Nwachukwu that he was awarding costs against him and was going to send details of his case to the DPP immediately.

Irish Independent

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