21 May 2022

Longford District Court: Man must show proof of insurance

Case adjourned to next week

Longford District Court: Man must show proof of insurance

A Cavan man facing a no insurance charge has been told he must show proof that he was covered to drive on the day he was stopped by gardai.

William McCullagh, Collops, Kingscourt was given the ultimatum by Judge Seamus Hughes at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.

It came after it emerged Mr McCullagh had been pulled in by gardaí on March 13 2015 at Rathcronin, Granard.

He was later charged with driving with no insurance contrary to Section 56 of the Road Traffic Act 1961.

Defence solicitor Brid Mimnagh said her client had presented her with documentation which appeared to vindicate him on the date in question.

“He says it covers him,” she said, before handing the document across the court bench to Inspector Padraig Jones.

He, in turn, told Judge Hughes that gardaí had not seen the document before and would need time to examine it more closely.

“This is a copy,” he told the Judge.

“It’s not the original certificate.”

Mr McCullagh himself, claimed that was in the possession of another individual.

Judge Hughes, however, insisted the court needed to be fully satisfied that Mr McCullagh was insured.

“Get the loan of the original policy for one day,” he told Mr McCullagh.

“The original (policy) should be in court.”

As a result, the case was adjourned to a sitting of Longford District Court on May 24.

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