A DRIVER who was observed on two occasions driving with non-conforming number plates “is giving the two fingers to the garda, a bit” a judge has said.
Thomas Gammell, 27, of Riverview Estate, Kilmallock was before the local court charged with back identification mark not conforming at Castle Court, Kilmallock on August 15 last and with front identification mark not conforming at Castle Court, Kilmallock on the same date.
He was also charged with back identification mark not conforming at Glenfield, Kilmallock on April 26 last and with front identification mark not conforming on the same date.
Garda Donal O’Sullivan of Bruff garda station told the court that on April 26 last at 7.37pm at Glenfield, Kilmallock he stopped a red Audi A4 which was being driven by Thomas Gammell.
Garda O’Sullivan said that he noticed that both the front and rear number plates on the vehicle were not conforming.
He said he gave Mr Gammell the opportunity to rectify the situation.
The court heard that Mr Gammell attended at Bruff garda station on April 29 with correct number plates.
Garda O’Sullivan said that he was driving into the station and observed Mr Gammell attaching the legal number plates to the vehicle.
The court heard that when Garda O’Sullivan asked Mr Gammell to hand over the illegal number plates, Mr Gammell declined to do so.
When asked by Judge Timothy Lucey how the number plates were not conforming, Garda O’Sullivan explained that there were two symbols between the registration number and the letter which, he said, is designed to ensure that they aren’t detected by speed vans.
“That’s the theory,” said Garda O’Sullivan.
Judge Lucey said “there are a lot of those theories around,” adding that “most of them don’t work”.
The court further heard that on August 15 last, Garda O’Sullivan again stopped Mr Gammell at Castle Court, Kilmallock and observed that he was driving with number plates which were not conforming.
Solicitor for Mr Gammell, Brendan Gill, said his client is currently unemployed and is seeking employment.
Judge Lucey said that if Mr Gammell is going to continue using the non-conforming plates “he is continually going to be in court”.
Judge Lucey said the garda was giving him a chance but he is “giving the two fingers to the garda a bit”.
“He was given the chance to change them and then changed them back,” said Judge Lucey.
For each of the two offences committed on April 26, Mr Gammell was fined €50.
He was fined a further €100 for each of the two offences committed on August 15.