A 30 year old man who produced a fake driving licence when he tried to access his own bank account details, was told last week that he is facing 100 hours community service or a two month sentence.
Anthony Connolly with an address at Slieve Foy Park, Dundalk was prosecuted at the local district court for using and custody of a false instrument at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk on the 20th of September last.
Insp. Martin Beggy told the court that the defendant was asked to produce identification when he went into the bank seeking details of his bank account number and sort code.
He produced a driving licence that was not of good quality, and was “obviously a forgery”. The Defence solicitor stressed that the bank account involved was his client’s own account and he had been seeking to access it. He added the accused had paid e50 in Dublin for the fake licence.
The solicitor said no loss had been sustained by anybody and his client had suffered a horrendous fall some months ago and is facing a series of operations.
Referring to the two previous convictions - for theft and drink driving, the solicitor said the accused had been “in a bad place” at the time and was “relying on alcohol and tablets” but he said he has since moved on.
Judge Flann Brennan said he was considering two months or 100 hours community service an adjourned the case for a report on the 17th of July.