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Driver paid €100 for counterfeit licence

A MOTORIST caught with a fake English driving licence after he was stopped by gardai on the M50 motorway has claimed he was using it for identification purposes.

Shaun Doherty (42) bought the driving licence for €100, Blanchardstown District Court heard.

Judge Denis McLoughlin fined him €250.

The defendant, of Pinebrook Lawn, Hartstown, admitted to using a false instrument at the M50 northbound at Blanchardstown last January 22.

Sgt Maria Callaghan said Doherty was stopped by gardai on the M50 and they asked to see his driving licence.

The sergeant said Doherty handed gardai a full English driving licence, but when officers examined it they believed some security features were missing.

The licence was subsequently discovered to be a counterfeit document.

The court heard Doherty has two previous convictions, including a conviction for a similar offence.

Defence solicitor Valerie Buckley said the defendant is a father of two children.

Ms Buckley said Doherty bought the fake licence for €100 and was using it as identification, as he had difficulties getting into his home to get his identification documents.

Ms Buckley also said Doherty was working in paving until recently, but is currently unemployed.