Judge does not accept councillor's defence of speeding charge
Councillor Fergie Kehoe, with an address at 11 Fisher's Row, Wexford, told the District Court that he sometimes contacts the motoring fine and summons office in Tipperary to raise the concerns of constituents.
However, he had no recollection of doing so in the case of his own breach of the speed limit at Ballyknock, Ballymitty where he was clocked at 96 km/h on a road where an 80 km/h limit applied. He was sworn in to tell Judge Gerard Haughton that he did not receive the fixed penalty notice which was issued to him in the post.
However, this was disputed by Garda Sergeant Charles O'Gorman who pointed that a telephone call was logged by the office in Tipperary about the matter.
The sergeant felt that this contact, 29 days after the notice was made out, implied that the notice had in fact reached Fisher's Row.
The public representative said that he had no memory of any such call being made before the summons which brought him to court.
The judge was not satisfied with the defence offered and he set a fine of €150.