A lorry driver succeeded in having a speeding conviction quashed, in exchange for a charitable donation.
Thomas Byrne from Knockadilly, Wells, represented himself at a Circuit Court appeal hearing,
The case dated back to March 24 last year, shortly after lockdown came into force.
Byrne was on his way on the night in question to Boolavogue. He was due to pick up a lorry there and travel to Dublin to pick up newspapers for distribution.
Garda Trevor McCormack told the court that he was on duty with a hand-held laser speed detector.
He recalled that he observed the accused motorist’s Renault Scenic van at Wells Hill.
He gave evidence of clocking this vehicle at 105 km/h, in excess of the 80 km/h limit.
‘No way was I doing that speed,’ responded the appellant.
Byrne told Judge Alice Doyle he was expecting the garda checkpoint as another road user had flashed lights at him.
He reckoned he was going ‘very slow’ as he proceeded along the R772.
He added that he had no previous convictions, not even a parking fine.
He assured the court that he drove carefully all the time.
Judge Doyle said she was satisfied with the evidence of Garda McCormack
However, as his clean licence was important to the appellant, she was prepared to allow his appeal.
This was her ruling, with the condition he paid €80 to the Vincent de Paul within 14 days.
‘I’ll sort that out straight away,’ Byrne assured her.