A motorist was fined at a sitting of Gorey District Court in relation to a speeding offence committed at Wells, Ballyedmond, on February 15, 2020.
Peter Brennan, Ballyknocken, the Ballagh, Enniscorthy, had his case heard before Judge John Cheatle.
Garda Trevor McCormack told the judge he was operating a speed check point at the stated location when he observed a vehicle travelling at 100km/h. The area in question is governed by an 80km/h speed limit.
The garda said he stopped the vehicle and spoke to the defendant who admitted the offence. A fixed-charge-penalty notice (FCPN) was issued but wasn’t paid.
The defendant told the court he didn’t receive the FCPN and that when he got the summons he enquired at his local garda station about how he could pay the fine and was told to wait until he “got the yellow notice” in the post.
When his solicitor asked him if he received that notice the defendant replied: “No. I would have paid it.”
When asked by Sergeant Gary Raynor what paperwork he did receive the accused replied: “I received a brown envelope to attend court.”
“I was to-and-fro working in the UK,” he said.
Sergeant Raynor then pointed out that on the summons for court there is an option to pay the fine and said it was the defendant’s own fault that he was in court because he didn’t read the summons properly.
“I just got the brown envelope,” replied the defendant.
Before imposing penalty the judge noted that the defendant could have paid the fine when he received the summons. He then imposed an €80 fine.