BMW involved in hit and run had been sold by Limerick owner

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Limerick District Court heard the car was identified as the suspect vehicle

Limerick District Court heard the car was identified as the suspect vehicle

THE registered owner of a high-powered car which was involved in a hit and run incident on a country road nearly three years ago was fined €200 for failing to notify the Department of Transport that the vehicle had been sold on.

At Limerick District Court, Garda Michael O’Farrell said while investigating the ‘material damage’ accident which happened near Drombanna on June 19, 2016, a 00LK-registered blue BMW was identified as the suspect vehicle.

While nobody was injured in the road accident, the BMW failed to remain at the scene and was found burned out in the Southill area of the city a number of hours later.

Garda O’Farrell told Inspector Alan Cullen that he established the registered owner of the BMW was Ignacio Rodriguez, 51, of Castlepark, Caherconlish and that he subsequently called to his home to make further inquiries.

He said the defendant informed him he had allowed his son to privately sell the car for around €150 two weeks earlier and that he did not have any details about the new owner.

When questioned, he also confirmed that he had not submitted the necessary paperwork notifying the Department of Transport that the vehicle has been sold on.

The garda agreed with David McHugh, BL, that there was a new Mazda car parked outside Mr Rodriguez’s home when he called to the property.

Addressing the court, the barrister said his client – who has two grandchildren – had cooperated with the garda investigation and had pleaded guilty to the offence which was before the court.

“He didn’t know he had to register the change of ownership with the department,” he said urging the court to be as lenient as possible given his client’s modest means.

Accepting the submissions, Judge Marian O’Leary imposed a €200 fine – giving the defendant eight months to pay.