Wednesday 21 March 2018

Judge strikes out speeding charge against actress

Tom Tuite

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 50kmh built-up area speed limit, at Conyngham Road, in Dublin, on the afternoon of September 17, 2012.

The mother of two was summoned as a result of the non-payment of an €80 fixed charge notice, which also results in two penalty points being recorded.

However, she was cleared after telling the court she never received the notice.

Garda Gareth Vance had told Judge Michael Coghlan at Dublin District Court that he had been operating a speed camera when he detected Ms Connolly driving "at 64kmh in an area governed by a 50kmh speed limit".

Judge Coghlan asked Ms Connolly: "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 said: "We do not know each other personally. 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 said she accepted the garda's evidence but added: "I did not receive the notification" in reference to the fixed-penalty charge. She said she would have paid had she done so.

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, sparing Ms Connolly the possibility of an increased fine and having four penalty points recorded on her licence.

Irish Independent

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