Tuesday 20 March 2018

Drove without insurance

Drove without insurance

A MOTORIST who clipped a motorcyclist at Moll's Gap was subsequently found to be driving without insurance, Kenmare District Court has heard.

John Hayes, aged 39, of 17 St Patrick's Place, Kanturk, Co Cork, appeared before the court where he pleaded guilty to a number of road traffic offences including, driving without insurance, careless driving, driving without a driving licence, failing to produce a driving licence, failing to produce a driving licence within 10 days and failing to produce an insurance certificate. The offences occurred at Moll's Gap, on August 6 last year.

Outlining the facts of the case, Superintendent Flor Murphy said John Hayes pulled out of a parking place at Moll's Gap and "clipping" a motorcyclist driving in the direction of Kenmare.

Solicitor Conor Murphy said on the day of the incident, John Hayes and his partner had travelled from Kanturk in his partner's car with the intention of going to "Moll's Gap and beyond". The solicitor said John Hayes' partner had driven from Kanturk to Moll's Gap and they had stopped at the Avoca shop to purchase a disposable camera. He explained that his client had recently undergone an operation for gallstones and had taken over driving the car.

"There were a lot of buses in the area and he pulled out a bit too far. It was a once-off and he co-operated fully with the gardaí and the injured party," Mr Murphy explained.

The solicitor said Hayes had applied for a job as a fireman and that a conviction would cause "very severe complications for him". He said that both his client and his wife were in receipt of social welfare.

Judge James O'Connor directed John Hayes to make a volunteered contribution of €1,300 to the court poor box by October 4 next.