Home help tried to avoid checkpoint

Portlaoise courthouse.
A home care nurse, who pretended to visit a client to avoid a garda checkpoint, was ordered to write a letter of apology to the elderly victim and pay her €200 compensation.

A home care nurse, who pretended to visit a client to avoid a garda checkpoint, was ordered to write a letter of apology to the elderly victim and pay her €200 compensation.

Garda Alan Dunford said he was operating a checkpoint at Ballybrittas on February 25, when he noticed a car turning sharply into a house.

Garda Dunford went to the house where the car had turned into and met with Karen Williamson, 19 Silverbrook, Mountmellick.

Williamson said she was a home care nurse and was visiting the house.

On closer inspection, Garda Dunford noticed that the tax on the car was seven months out of date.

It later turned out that Williamson had no connection to the house.

“It was a very silly thing to do,” the defendant admitted.

“I just tried to get away,” she told Judge Catherine Staines.

Gda Dunford told the court that Williamson was not exactly remorseful at the time.

Judge Staines said she would deal with the tax on October 17, depending on what Williamson had done in the meantime.