Judge hands Longford mother two year driving ban

Longford Courthouse.

A Co Longford woman who failed to remain at the scene of an accident in Ballymahon has been banned from driving for two years.

A mother of two who was involved in a road accident in Ballymahon and failed to remain at the scene has been fined and banned from driving for two years.

Nicole O’Leary, 20 McHugh Park, Kenagh, Longford was also charged with a number of other road traffic offences including having no insurance and failing to produce a valid NCT following an incident at Sli Na Mona, Ballymahon on March 19 last year.

The court was told gardaí became aware of a road traffic incident at around 6:30pm involving two cars but on arrival the “offending” vehicle was nowhere to be seen.

In defence, solicitor Frank Gearty said his client, though charged with the aforementioned offences, in fact left her car in the vicinity before departing in “a panic”.

He added the following day Ms O’Leary realised the seriousness of her predicament and presented herself to gardaí.

Mr Gearty explained how his client had only bought the car in question two days beforehand for €120 despite not holding a driving licence.

“She was visiting a friend and the car went literally about two yards (before the incident occurred),” added Mr Gearty.

He also complemented what he described as the “very professional” approach taken by prosecuting Garda Reilly after the chance was given to her to sleep on the incident overnight.

“Garda Reilly said you can come into me tomorrow if you change your mind and she did go in the next day,” he said.

In terms of her own personal circumstances, Mr Gearty appealed for the court to show some leniency given that Ms O’Leary was a mother of two and 'on a pittance regards income'.

In delivering his verdict, Judge Hughes disqualified Ms O’Leary for two years and fined her €105, giving her three months to pay in the process.

The accompanying failing to stop at the scene charge was taken into consideration while the other summonses before the court were struck out.

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