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A motorist was fined when her road traffic offence case went before a recent sitting of Gorey District Court.

Julie Healy, 2 Kyle Close, Oulart, who had her case heard before Judge Kevin Staunton, was charged with having no insurance and with not wearing a safety belt while driving at Raheenagurren East, Gorey, on November 8, 2020.

The defendant’s barrister told the judge the no insurance case was contested but a plea was entered in relation to the no seat belt charge.

Garda Vincent Downes told the judge that he stopped the defendant on the date mentioned and that she failed to produce insurance within 10 days. However, Gda Downes also said the accused “subsequently did produce insurance in court following summons” but he queried it with the insurance provider.

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He said the defendant was not covered to drive the vehicle in question and told the judge the accused failed to produce insurance.

"She wasn’t covered then?" asked the judge, to which Gda Downes replied: “The provider said that vehicle was not covered on that policy."

The defendant's barrister then handed in a copy of the insurance cert, however, Judge Staunton commented: “This is a download from the internet, where is the certificate?”

"I would say she is covered,” said the barrister.

"A letter from the insurance company says she is not covered,” replied Gda Downes.

"The insurance company could have done more and been a bit more forthcoming,” said Judge Staunton. He then said the evidence before the court was that she did not have a valid policy.

"There is a certificate produced by Ms Healy that indicates she was insured,” said the barrister.

The judge said there was some doubt and struck out the no-insurance charge.

With regard to the no seat belt charge Gda Downes said he was operating a checkpoint at the time and as the vehicle approached he observed the defendant was not wearing a safety belt. A fixed-charge-penalty notice issued in relation to that offence wasn't paid.

Having heard the defendant had seven previous convictions the judge imposed a €300 fine.


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