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Monday 18 December 2017

Leaving student told to return to court after exams

CAR WAS WRITE-OFF AFTER CRASH

A WEXFORD Leaving Cert student charged with motoring offences has been ordered to come back before the local district court after his sits his exams in June.

Herrve Ngomo, of 53 Melrose Court, George's Street, is charged with driving in a careless manner and driving without insurance at Curracloe on May 30, 2009.

The court heard last week that Judge David Anderson had previously heard the facts in the case and it had been adjourned to ascertain an appropriate level of compensation.

Collete Culleton, for Ngomo, said a figure of €25 had been suggested. The defendant had already entered a guilty plea.

Inspector Pat McDonald said that the lady's car that Ngomo collided with was written off. She was given a repair quote of € 2,071, which she didn't take up.

She had received a sum of money from an insurance payment, but was left somewhat out of pocket, Inspector McDonald said.

Judge Donnchadh O Buachalla heard that the lady's Nissan Almeira was hit on the driver's side by Ngomo, who was driving his mother's Opel Corsa. No-one was injured.

Inspector McDonald said that Ngomo lost control and swerved across the road after coming down off a bank.

The defendant, a young man from the Congo, had been living in Wexford for a year and a half when the accident happened. Ms Culleton said he is very sorry and remorseful for his actions.

She said he will pay compensation and undertake not to drive without insurance again.

Judge O Buachalla heard that Ngomo's mother was not well on the day in question so he decided to drive himself. He was on the way home from a social event with a friend when the accident occurred.

The judge imposed a one year driving ban on the no insurance charge, but put off finalising the case until July 19 next, when he wants to see a probation officer's report in respect of the young defendant, adding that the probation service should be mindful of the fact that his Leaving Cert is fast approaching.

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