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Teenager thought quad was child's toy

A TEENAGER told by his family to bring home his young cousin who was out playing on his quad bike late at night has claimed he didn't think he needed insurance to ride "a child's toy".

Edward Wall (19) was riding the quad bike home, with his 12-year-old cousin as a pillion passenger, when he was stopped by gardai. Neither were wearing helmets.

He claimed he thought he didn't need insurance to ride the bike, which is a child's toy and has an engine of 50cc.

A judge remanded Wall in custody for one week while he decides on the sentence.

The defendant, of Newtown Park in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to driving without insurance or a driving licence.

The incident took place at Whitechurch Way in Rathfarnham shortly before midnight on June 6, 2010.

Wall also admitted to driving a vehicle without indicators or a headlight, and that neither he, nor the pillion passenger, were wearing helmets.

Garda Philip McGrath said the defendant initially gave the false name of 'Andrew Connors', and said he would give him his real name if the garda promised not to arrest him.

Defence solicitor Eddie O'Connor said Wall is insured to drive his own car and has a licence to drive cars, but not motor bikes. He said the defendant didn't think he needed insurance as the bike was so small, and is only 50cc.

Judge James McDonnell said it appeared Wall had a general disregard for the rules of the road, and remanded him in custody for a week.