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Farmer with illegal fuel drove through border check

A FARMER, who was travelling with illegal fuel in his jeep drove through a Customs checkpoint in Main Street, Kinlough, County Leitrim on July 31 last year, Ballyshannon District Court was told.
Eamon Delahunty, Cloghore, Ballyshannon, was charged with dangerous driving, but this was withdrawn on agreement after the defendant pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of careless driving.
Inspector Denis Joyce told the court that the court the defendant drove through a customs checkpoint at “slow speed”
He mounted the footpath and drove to his house, where a sample was taken from the vehicle that showed illegal fuel, and a fine was paid for this offence.
Defence solicitor Gerry McGovern told the court his client had driven through the checkpoint and he paid a considerable amount of money for the illegal fuel, the court heard.
Mr McGovern said the “customs were very good to this man”.
Judge Kevin Kilrane said the defendant had illegal fuel in his jeep and came across the customs and he perhaps believed the customs did not have authority on private property and he subsequently paid a fine.
The defendant was fined €200 for careless driving.
Charges of failing to give information as to the identity of the person who was actually using the vehicle at the material time, failing to keep the vehicle at or near the place where it caused damage to the property of the Revenue Commissioners, failing to report damages to that property, failing to stop his vehicle which was involved in the occurrence of damage to the Revenue property and failing to give appropriate information on damage to the property of the Revenue were all struck out.


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