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guilty plea Beautician who had a fake insurance policy drove dangerously at speed of 190km/h 

The court heard Tatiana Nitorean was driving uninsured and had a fraudulent insurance document.


Tatiana Nitorean

Tatiana Nitorean

Tatiana Nitorean

A BEAUTICIAN who bought a fake insurance policy and drove dangerously in excess of 190kmh on a motorway has been banned from driving for two years.

Gardai were only able to stop Tatiana Nitorean in her black Volkswagen car because a Covid checkpoint was in place along the motorway.

When she was stopped it was discovered the 36 year old was driving uninsured as she had purchased a fake insurance policy.

The mother-of-two claimed she did not realise it was fake as a client put her in touch with a man whom she paid €2,200 for the policy.

Garda Mark McKenna gave evidence at Balbriggan District Court that Ms Nitorean was observed weaving in and out of both lanes while travelling in excess of 190kmh in the 120kmh zone on the M1 near Gormanston, Co Meath.

He said he was only able to undertake her when traffic cones funnelled the two lanes into one because of a Covid checkpoint ahead.

“Other than that I would not have been in a position to stop her,” Gda McKenna told the court.

He said the defendant was driving uninsured and had a fraudulent insurance document.

The defendant, of Ballymun Plaza in Ballymun, Dublin 9 pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance and having a forged insurance certificate on the M1 on November 4, 2020.

She has one previous conviction for failing to provide a NCT certificate.

Defence barrister Annette Kealy said the 36-year-old, who works in the beauty industry, was referred to a man by a client who provided her with the fraudulent insurance policy.

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“He was supposedly a broker and she paid €2,200 for the insurance policy which came in the post. She didn’t know it was a false document and she was horrified when she was told it was,” said Ms Kealy.

When Judge Dermot Dempsey was told the defendant was not provided with a receipt, he asked “Would this not have raised her suspicion?”

Ms Kealy said because the defendant paid so much for the document she “just accepted it was valid.”

Ms Kealy said the defendant is “100% apologetic for the manner of her driving and it won’t happen again.”

Judge Dempsey imposed a two year driving ban and convicted and fined her a total of €800 for the offences.

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