Longford District Court: Defendant says he deserved €5,000 fine

Man told to pay fine next week or face six month prison term

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Road accident case comes to abrupt end in court

A businessman before the courts in relation to a number of road traffic and handling stolen property charges has been told to come up with a €5,000 fine by the end of the month or face a six month spell behind bars.

Patrick Devine, 10 Harbour Road, Tarmonbarry, Roscommon was brought before the court at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court on foot of a bench warrant.

The court was told Mr Devine had previously appeared having been charged with drink driving on October 26 2017 at Dublin Street, Longford.

Asked why he had missed a scheduled court date earlier this month, Mr Devine insisted he had every intention of settling his court fine but had been prevented from doing so due to the untimely passing of his mother three weeks earlier.

Mr Devine, who represented himself throughout the brief hearing, also revealed he owned two businesses, a haulage business in Donegal as well as an accounting practice in Longford town.

“You are the first man I have ever come across who owns an accountancy practice but is not an accountant,” remarked Judge Seamus Hughes.

Garda Martin McGowan also gave evidence in relation to a handling stolen property charge levelled against Mr Devine after he was stopped by gardaí at Slieve Clondra, Longford on April 26 2017.

He said when stopped and after carrying out a check on the Mercedes car, it was discovered the car had been stolen from its Armagh based owner on December 18 2016.

When asked by Garda McGowan as to how he came into the possession of the said vehicle, the officer said Mr Devine presented three different “excuses”.

Mr Devine attempted to profess his innocence, saying: “I have no knowledge of it at all.”

In referencing the fine which had been handed down as a result of Section 4 charge, Mr Devine asked Judge Hughes to allow him a fortnight to come up with the required sum.

“You gave me a fine of €5,000 and I deserved it. I was acting the b********.”

Judge Hughes adjourned the case to next Tuesday’s sitting (February 27).