Sunday 18 August 2019

Woman in €60,000 claim after collision a fraud: judge

Stock picture: Getty
Stock picture: Getty

Ray Managh

The President of the Circuit Court has described a plaintiff as "a fraud" who had deliberately set a trap for an unsuspecting driver.

Mr Justice Raymond Groarke directed the legal team of Aviva Insurance to provide papers to gardaí for investigation over a fraudulent €60,000 damages claim.

"The plaintiff (Angela McDonagh) is a fraud who has brought a fraudulent claim set up in an amateur fashion by the slamming on of her brakes," the judge said.

Barrister Mark Dunne, counsel for Aviva Insurance, told the Circuit Civil Court that Catherine O'Sullivan, of Coolock, Dublin, had been unable to avoid the collision.

Angela McDonagh (28), of Brookthorpe, Gloucester, England, denied that two days after the January 31, 2015, collision at Swords, Co Dublin, she had been involved in another collision in Monaghan - despite having claimed she was in Gloucestershire on that day. But Mr Dunne called Garda Diarmuid Leane, Monaghan, who said he had taken Ms McDonagh's name and address at the scene of the Monaghan collision.

Judge Groarke dismissed Ms McDonagh's claim with costs against her, and directed that the matter be reported to gardaí.

Irish Independent

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