Lazy parker gets maximum penalty

A man who parked in a disabled bay was disqualified from driving for one year in the District Court in Athlone this week (September 7 ).

Garda Darren Murphy gave evidence how he found the car belonging to Michael McInerney, Kilmucklin, Clara, Co Offaly in the bay outside SuperValu on Main Street in Moate on February 3 without the permit for such parking.

“Was there snow and ice on the roads?” asked Judge Seamus Hughes after seeing the date on the summons.

“No, judge,” said Garda Murphy.

“Was the space clearly marked?”

“Yes, judge”.

Noting McInerney hadn’t made an appearance in court and had not given any indication to court staff as to why he hadn’t appeared, Judge Hughes applied the maximum penalty of a €750 fine along with the one year ban.

McInerney has until September 21 to lodge an appeal with the court services.

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