05 Oct 2022

Man driving with two fake discs in Offaly appears in court

Man driving with fake discs in Offaly appears in court

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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