A 23 year-old unemployed man who denied a speeding offence, was disqualified from driving at the time, Ardee Distict Court heard.
This was revealed after Judge Conal Gibbons said he didn’t believe Anton Cirpaci and a friend who testified it was he who was driving the car involved on the occasion in the town at Hale Street on September 26th last. The Judge described the pair’s evidence as a “complete set-up” stating the defendant had a problem with his memory and the driver admitted he didn’t know the location of the alleged offence.
The Judge convicted and fined Cirpaci €300 and indicated he was going to disqualify him from driving, but after checking into the law opted not to do so.
The court was told that Mr Cirpaci, a father of two young children with an address at Woodbury Gardens, Dundalk and stated now to be residing at Willowdale, Bay Estate in the town was recorded driving at 68 kilometres in a 50km zone.
He said in evidence he wasn’t driving and didn’t drive the car any more. He said he didn’t receive the fixed penalty notice in time to tell the authorities he wasn’t driving.
Under cross examination, he said he bought the car a month and a half prior and moved address before Christmas.
It was put to him that the fixed penalty notice was issued in November when he was still living at Woodbury Gardens.
After also hearing from the man who claimed he was driving the car, Judge Gibbons said he didn’t believe a word the two men told him.It was stated that the defendant was convicted prior to the incident and banned from driving for two years in respect of a motor insurance offence.