Aiden Rea, 66 Divine Crescent, Edgeworthstown, was fined €250 at the March sitting of Granard District Court for failing to give information to a member of the Gardaí.
The court heard that on September 13, 2015 at Costcutters, Edgeworthstown, Garda James Muldowney observed a vehicle failing to indicate before entering the carpark. When Garda Muldowney approached the car, there was no-one in it, but Mr Rea was standing at the passenger side, having visited the shop.
When asked who was driving the car, Mr Rea gave the Garda the name of a person who was not in the vicinity. He then left the scene on foot.
Later, Garda Muldowney viewed the CCTV footage from the area, which confirmed that Mr Rea had been driving. However, at a later date, Garda Muldowney revealed that Mr Rea had contacted the Gardaí and admitted that he had been driving and apologised for his behaviour.
In mitigation, solicitor for the accused, Ms Bríd Mimnagh, said; “This is the first time on the list and Mr Rea was anxious to plead guilty today.”
Ms Mimnagh also revealed that her client didn’t say he was driving the car on the day in question as there was no tax on the car.
After hearing that the father-of-one is engaging in a back to work scheme and was extremely apologetic for his behaviour, Judge Hughes fined him €250.