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Monday 23 October 2017

Falsely reported wife's car stolen after crash

MAN CHARGED WITH FAILING TO REMAIN AT SCENE

A MAN WHO falsely reported his wife's car stolen after he crashed it had his case adjourned at Wexford District Court, to investigate whether he can still pay compensation to the injured party.

Derek Murphy of Redshire Road, Murrintown is charged with failing to remain at the scene of an accident at Carrigeen Street on December 19, 2009.

Inspector Pat McDonald told the court that the defendant's car collided with a parked car owned by Patrick McGuinness and afterwards the defendant called to the Garda Station to report it missing.

Four months later he gave a statement after caution, in which he admitted that he had been driving the car, had left the scene and had reported the vehicle stolen.

Inspector McDonald said the injured party claimed off his own insurance for the damage caused.

Eva Lalor, solicitor, said the defendant was 37 years old and had no previous convictions.

He was driving his wife's car over the Christmas period when road conditions were very bad and he lost control of the vehicle on ice.

He was under pressure at the time, as his business was experiencing difficulty.

She said her client was 'a bit shook up' after the accident and walked to a friend's house. He arranged for the car to be towed away but when he went back, it was gone.

He was insured to drive but he panicked as he thought he wouldn't be covered for this type of accident.

That's why he told gardaí the car was stolen.

Ms. Lawlor said he was under a lot of strain at the time.

Subsequently, he made a correct statement and explained what had happened, she said.

He also told gardaí that the injured party could claim from his insurance.

Judge O'Buachalla said he was adjourning the case to November 15 for clarification of the compensation issue.

He said he could see no reason why the defendant couldn't pay full compensation.

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