Judge unconvinced by driver’s excuse

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH03

Enniskillen Court House, RMGFH03

A LOCAL man who believed he was covered under his father’s “fleet” policy has been fined for driving with no insurance.
Police on mobile patrol at Sally’s Wood in Irvinestown at around 1.30am on Tuesday, May 24 observed a black Ford Focus leaving the estate and proceeding to a nearby car park. In the drivers seat the saw the defendant, John Ward (24) of Erne Park, Kesh, and when they ran a check on the car with Gardai in the South the found there was no record of insurance for the car.
Defence solicitor Emer Cox told to Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday that Ward had been assured by his father that he was insured to drive under his father’s fleet policy, explaining that Ward’s father bought cars, improved and repaired them, and sold them on again.
“He believed he was right for the road,” she said, adding Ward lived in rural Fermanagh and his licence was very important to him. Ms Cox said Ward had since bought his own car and had his own insurance.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he “wasn’t entirely convinced” of Ward’s story, without seeing his father’s policy which not available to the court, but said he was “giving him the benefit of the doubt.”
Judge Broderick fined Ward £250 and endorsed eight penalty points on his driving licence.

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