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Groom crashed car in Derrylin night before his wedding


Enniskillen Magistrates Court

A GROOM ran away from his uninsured car just hours before returning to Latvia to get married last autumn, a local court has heard.
Janis Smolakovs (27) with an address in Kelleir Park, Derrylin appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, failing to report a damage-only accident, failing to remain at a damage-only accident, driving without a licence, and having no vehicle test certificate.
In the early hours of September 30th last year police were called to a collision in the Derrylin area, involving an Audi A3.
On arrival they found the occupants of the car had fled.
The person who had reported the accident to police said they’d been woken from their sleep by the noise, which they saw from viewing their CCTV was of a car crashing into their fence.
The resident went out and spoke to the driver and passenger of the car.
The passenger offered to pay for the damage, but said they lived in Ballyconnell and gave an address the resident believed to be fake.
When the resident told the passenger and driver the police had been called they ran away from the scene. Police checks on the car revealed it belonged to Smolakovs, who they learned had returned to his native Lativia a matter of hours after the accident for his own wedding.
Smolakavs returned and was interviewed by police in October, when he made full admissions. He told police he’d been working night shift and was on his way home from work at the time of the crash.
He told them he wasn’t insured and said sorry for what he’d done.
The defendant, who had no previous criminal convictions, told police his passenger had ran away, and he’d decided to run after him. In court on Monday Smolakavs, who was self-represented, said he deeply regretted what happened, said he shouldn’t have been in the car, apologised, and said it wouldn’t happen again.
He also handed in proof he had paid £450 to the owner to repair the fence.
Judge Broderick fined Smolakavs a total of £500 and disqualified him from driving for 12 months.


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