Farmer busted with crudely doctored insurance disc
A Donegal farmer was recently up in court for using a black marker to change the insurance details on his tractor.
Gardai noticed the offence after the farmer was involved in a minor road accident in September of last year.
Donegal Daily reports that in Letterkenny District Court late last month, Garda Inspector Barry Doyle that the insurance disc on Mr Jenkins’ 1977 tractor and that the date had been changed from 2016 to 2017.
When interviewed by Gardai, 73 year old farmer Robert Jenkins of Mondooey, Manorcunningham, admitted the charge.
Solicitor for the accused, Mr Donagh Cleary, said his client had limited literacy.
He said that he had every opportunity to remove the falsified insurance disc at the scene of the accident at Mongorry, Raphoe, before Gardai arrived but did not do so.
He said he had been called to reapply for his license but because he could not complete the theory test, he could not get his license and was unable to renew his insurance.
He added that Mr Jenkins had been driving for almost 60 years, has a small farm but can no longer drive.
The farmer was fined €250 for having no insurance, a further €150 for having no tax and Judge Paul Kelly took the other charges including altering his insurance disc into consideration.
In a separate case heard at Letterkenny District Court in recent weeks the Donegal Daily also reports that an elderly farmer suspected to be drink driving sucked on a breathalysing apparatus rather than blowing when stopped by Gardai and a reading could not be taken.
It reports that the farmer 68-year-old Albert Robinson from Mullaghan in Convoy was caught in February last after continuously driving his motorbike into a grass verge on the way home from the pub
When breathalysed, Mr Robinson sucked on the apparatus instead of blowing into it and a reading could not be taken.
He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but he also failed to provide a specimen of his breath there.
Solicitor for Mr Robinson, Frank Dorrian, said his client was a pleasant man and that it was sad that he found himself in such a situation for a second time.
Letterkenny District Court heard how the accused man had a similar conviction dating back to 2007.
Judge Paul Kelly fined Mr Robinson €300 and banned him from driving for four years.