Doctor who was responding to ‘urgent call’ at Limerick hospital was not insured

David Hurley

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David Hurley

The man was prosecuted and brought before Limerick District Court following an incident in Dooradoyle

The man was prosecuted and brought before Limerick District Court following an incident in Dooradoyle

A DOCTOR who admitted he was not insured while responding to an “urgent call” at University Hospital Limerick has avoided a driving ban.

Azrin Muslin, aged 30, who has an address at Cois Luachra, Dooradoyle, Limerick, was prosecuted and brought before Limerick District Court following  an incident at Saint Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle, on August 1, last.

Garda Aidan O’Gorman of the Divisional Roads Policing Unit said while on patrol he stopped a 00D-registered vehicle which was being driven by the defendant at 12.35pm.

He said he requested various documents, including a certificate of insurance,  from the defendant but that none were produced.

Solicitor Darach McCarthy said his client works as a registrar specialising in Geriatrics – the care of elderly people.

He said Mr Muslin, who works at both University Hospital Limerick and at St Ita’s Hospital in Newcastle West, was responding to an “urgent call” at  UHL when he was stopped by Garda O’Gorman.

He said his client accepts he should not have driven without insurance and added that he has not driven at all since the incident.

“He does apologise,” said Mr McCarthy who did not offer any explanation for his client’s actions.

While the defendant lives near University Hospital Limerick, the court was told he has had to rely on lifts and taxis when  travelling to and from Newcastle West.

“He has suffered,” said the solicitor who urged Judge Marie Keane to exercise her discretion in the circumstances by not disqualifying  Mr  Muslin from driving.

Having heard details of the offence and noting the defendant’s job,   Judge Keane told him he was an “intelligent man who should  know better” than to drive without insurance.

The judge accepted that Mr Muslin has no previous convictions, is apologetic and that he needs to be able to drive for his job as a registrar.

Having considered the matter she indicated she was willing to “exercise my discretion on this occasion” and would not disqualify him. 

The judge stressed it was the “last chance saloon” and that he would not be so lucky if he is caught driving without insurance again.

She imposed a €250 fine.

A number of minor road traffic matters relating to the same date and location were either withdrawn or taken into consideration.