A man who appeared at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court charged under the Road Traffic Act was ordered to appear back before the court on September 20 next.
Michael Browne, Ranaghard, Claremorris, Co Mayo appeared before the Judge charged with driving without insurance and failing to produce at Clondra, Longford on December 16, 2015.
In his direct evidence to the court, the defendant said that he was insured on his own vehicle but at the time of the incident he was driving his sister’s car which he added, “I was insured to drive”.
The defendant said he was a prison officer and worked part time for his brother-in-law’s scaffolding firm.
“And do you pay tax on the income from your brother-in-law?” asked the Judge.
“To be honest with you no,” said the defendant.
The owner of the scaffolding company was then questioned by the Judge.
He was asked if he was paying the necessary insurance for his part time employees.
He said he was and the Judge said he wanted proof of that.
“I want information from your insurance company confirming that Mr Browne is an employee,” fumed the Judge.
The matter was subsequently adjourned to September to allow for the necessary information to be furnished to the court.