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Cars collided during bingo ‘free for all’

A DRIVER who collided with another car during the “free for all” coming out of Derrylin bingo has been fined for failing to report an accident. 
Marie Orr (41) of Main Street, Brookeborough appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she was due to contest three charges of railing to report an accident, failing to remain at the scene and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. On the morning of the contest, the last two charges were withdrawn and Orr pleaded guilty to failing to report. 
On July 27th a woman called police to say there had been a collision outside the bingo hall on Main Street, Derrylin. She said damage had been caused to her car, and the driver of the other car had drove on. 
Police didn’t attend the scene and the cars were removed before any details could be taken, however both Orr and the driver of the other car later gave statements. 
Orr was interviewed by police and told them she had been involved in a collision, and had stopped a short time afterwards, but there was no damage to her car so she thought everything was OK and drove on. 
Defence solicitor Michael Fahy said the prosecution was “unfortunate” and “unusual”, stating if Orr had not told police in interview she had been involved they would have been unable to take a prosecution against her. He added if she had also called the police after the collision to report it, she again would not have faced any prosecution.
Mr Fahy said Orr and the other driver had been leaving bingo at the time of the collision, which he said the defendant had told him was “akin to a free for all,” with everyone leaving at the same time. He said the car Orr had collided with had pulled out in front of her, and he said the driver of that car also left the scene. 
District Judge Micheal Ranaghan said there were no aggravating factors in the case, pointing out Orr had no criminal record. He fined her £125 and endorsed five penalty points on her licence.
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