JUDGE Gerard Haughton simply refused to believe that a defendant, who got a form for his driving licence from a man in a mart, genuinely thought it was the real thing.
Kevin Murphy, (74), of 96 Slaneyview Park, Enniscorthy, was before Gorey District Court last week charged with having a fake driving licence at the National Driving Licence Service, Redmond Square, Wexford, on March 11, 2015.
The court was told he presented an application to renew his licence at the the office in Redmond Square, but it was soon discovered that his old ten-year licence was a fake.
At first he said he didn’t know the licence was valid, but later in an interview at Enniscorthy Garda Station, he admitted it was false, and he bought it for €50.
Solicitor Niamh Moriarty said her client was shocked as he had presented the licence on a number of occasions and it was accepted. She said he genuinely believed the man who got it for him was genuine, as he looked official.
She said her client, a widower, worked for Wexford County Council, and CIE, before he retired. She said he isn’t in good health, and was never before the court before.
‘I find it impossible to believe he thought it was genuine, that you could buy a licence in a mart,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘I just don’t believe it. He might be shocked that he was caught, but I do not accept that he could believe genuinely that he could buy a licence in a mart down the country. I do not accept he bought it innocently.’
He fined him €400.