A 21-year-old Abbeyleix man with an interest in mechanics told last week’s District Court in Portlaoise that he had registered a car in a false name to “fool” his father, as his father had told him he was not allowed to bring home any more cars.
Before last week’s court was Joseph Murphy, with an address at Tullyroe, Abbeyleix.
He was charged with motoring offences, including driving without insurance, at Aghnaharna, Portlaoise, on August 19 this year.
He was initially charged with driving without a driving licence, but this charge was struck out when it emerged he did hold a licence.
Evidence was given to Judge Catherine Staines by Inspector Aidan Farrelly.
Insp Farrelly said that on August 19, gardaí attended the scene of a traffic accident, where they discovered a car that had crashed into a field.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the car was registered to a ‘Joey Murray’. Insp Farrelly explained that the car had been wrongly registered in that name by Joseph Murphy.
Insp Farrelly said that while they had found the car crashed in a field, the gardaí had no evidence that Murphy had been driving. Insp Farrelly said that Murphy claimed the car had been stolen.
Defence for Murphy was solicitor, Ms Josephine Fitzpatrick.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that her client has an interest in mechanics, and had been told by his father that he was not allowed to bring home any more vehicles.
“He falsified the name as ‘Joey Murray’ to fool his father,” explained Ms Fitzpatrick, adding that the car had never been parked up at the family home.
Ms Fitzpatrick said that Murphy is looking for work and needs his driving licence.
Judge Catherine Staines fined Murphy €300 for driving without insurance, and give him the benefit of the probation act.