Limerick man used 'threat to life' as excuse for no insurance

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

A man drove without insurance because his “life was under threat”, Kilmallock Court heard

A man drove without insurance because his “life was under threat”, Kilmallock Court heard

A MAN drove without insurance because his “life was under threat”, Kilmallock Court heard.

Martin Landers, aged 55, of Boherdotta, Oola pleaded guilty to the offence at Old Road, Oola on July 24, 2017.

Garda John Ryan, who stopped the defendant, said Mr Landers told him he was not insured. Garda Ryan said Mr Landers has one previous conviction - drink driving in 2008.

Kevin Power, solicitor for Mr Landers, said his client has a policy of insurance on his car but his wife had taken his car to Wales.

Mr Power said Mr Landers is having “difficulties” with an individual, who he named.

The solicitor said this person “appeared at the house”.

“He was afraid he would be assaulted. He felt he had to get out of the house. In effect, it was an emergency situation.

“His life was under threat. He did drive without insurance. That van has been disposed of. He had a policy of insurance on his own car,” said Mr Power.

Judge Marie Keane fined Mr Landers €350. She exercised her discretion not to put Mr Landers off the road.

“You are skating on thin ice. You are coming to the attention of gardai on traffic matters too much,” said Judge Keane.