Dunleer woman claimed she was bringing sick child to the hospital

A mother of five who was caught driving without insurance on the M1 motorway, admitted during her case at Dundalk district court last week that she had lied about the circumstances surrounding her detection.

A mother of five who was caught driving without insurance on the M1 motorway, admitted during her case at Dundalk district court last week that she had lied about the circumstances surrounding her detection.

Tolanikawo Akande of Woodlands, Dunleer 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 40 year old was before the court last Wednesday 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 which the court heard was a Sunday.

The Defence solicitor initially told the court her client had instructed her that she was on her way to the Louth County hospital 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 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. The solicitor said her client had lied as she was extremely scared of losing her driving licence. She said the ability to continue to drive was important to the accused because she is a single parent, is undertaking studies and is on an internship programme with the Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

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 to the third of April.