Man driving with fake discs in Offaly appears in court
A man who drove with false discs was spotted by Garda James Cullinan.
In his evidence to the district court, Garda Cullinan said he was operating a checkpoint on the N52 at Arden, Tullamore on November 15, 2019.
He stopped a silver BMW driven by Christopher Carson (53) 14, Oakfield, Hophill, Tullamore.
Garda Cullinan inspected the windscreen of Mr Carson's car, but he said he was not satisfied and on taking a closer look he noticed both the insurance and licence discs were false.
He cautioned the defendant and he admitted they were false. He said he took a chance when he was starting a new job.
Solicitor Patrick Martin said Mr Carson had started a new job in a direct provision centre. He accepted the discs had been copied. He had previously worked as a hotel manager.
Judge Catherine Staines said it was a very serious matter as Mr Carson had tried to defraud the state. She said there was a level of deviousness involved. She said the intention was that on a cursory glance the deception wouldn't be noticed but she said Garda Cullinane was a very experienced garda and had spotted it.
Judge Staines imposed a fine of €200.
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