Humane granting of appeal

Judge Tony Hunt granted a woman an appeal against a speeding fine on “a humanitarian basis” at the recent Circuit Court.

Kay Casey received a €100 fine for speeding at the N80, Portlaoise, on September 9, 2013.

State solicitor, Mr Donal Dunne told the court that a speed van detected her car travelling at 114km/h in a 100km/h zone.

Mr Dunne said that the registered owner of the car was Mrs Kay Casey, and a €100 fine was subsequently imposed.

Taking the witness box at the Circuit Court, Mrs Casey informed the judge that it had been her husband who had been driving on the day.

Mrs Casey told the court that she did nominate her husband as the driver, but had been informed that she had replied too late.

Mr Dunne noted that Mr Leonard Casey had been nominated as the driver on October 3, 2013.

“I may have sent it after that, we weren’t on top of our paperwork,” admitted Mrs Casey.

“I appreciate you missed the date, but is that a defence?” asked Judge Hunt.

Mrs Casey then handed in a report from her medical consultant. After reading the report, Judge Hunt ruled: “On a humanitarian basis, not a legal one, I will allow the appeal.”


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