Women who admitted lying in court banned from driving for two years

A mother of five who was caught driving without insurance on the M1 motorway and admitted lying in court about the circumstances surrounding her detection, was fined at Dundalk district court and banned from driving for
two years.

A mother of five who was caught driving without insurance on the M1 motorway and admitted lying in court about the circumstances surrounding her detection, was fined at Dundalk district court and banned from driving for
two years.

Judge William Hamill said while Tolanikawo Akande of Woodlands, Dunleer had no previous convictions, he felt he had no alternative under the circumstances.

The 40 year old initially claimed she was bringing sick children to hospital and then said she was on her way home from there, when she was stopped.

The defendant was before the court accused of a number of road traffic offences - including driving without tax or insurance, using a vehicle without an NCT cert and driving on a motorway as a provisional licence holder, at Thomastown, Dundalk on the first of July last year.

When the case was previously heard, the Defence solicitor initially told the court, her client had instructed her, that she was on her way to the Louth County hospital in Dundalk at the time with sick children as an emergency.

However, Garda Richie Sheehy who stopped the accused, said that she was travelling in the southbound carriageway of the M1 at the time.

The court was then told the defendant had been coming back from the hospital.

When it was pointed out that there is no Emergency Department at the Louth County, the solicitor was asked to take further instructions from her client.

When the case was called again, she explained that the defendant had actually taken a friend to the bus station to get a bus to Belfast.

Judge William Hamill - who remarked that he could deal with it as contempt of court, said he wanted more time to think about the matter and adjourned the case until last Wednesday when the Defence told the court her client had asked her to again reiterate and emphasise her
apology.

She added the accused is a single mother and a student of marketing at DCU who relies on her car in order to get to public transport to bring her to Dublin.

Judge Hamill imposed a 300 euro fine and a two year driving ban but he asked Insp. Martin Beggy in the event of an appeal, to tell the Circuit Court about the circumstances of the case.