A Ballyhaunis man who was involved in a minor accident in a supermarket car park while driving without insurance or a licence was given the benefit of the Probation Act and ordered to pay €100 to the Garda benevolent fund in Claremorris District Court.
Garda Donal Raftery told the court that he was called to the scene of a minor accident in the car park of Tesco in Claremorris on August 28, 2010 at 2pm. Another car had been involved in a minor collision with a car being driven by Arthur Marques of 20 Hazel Hills Downes, Ballyhaunis, which was not the fault of Marques. Garda Raftery told the court that he was informed on the day that Marques did not have a driving licence or insurance for the car. The car was owned by Marques’ wife who did have a licence and insurance. The court was told that his wife suffered from severe migraines that made her unable to drive when they occurred, and evidence in the form of a medical report from her doctor was provided to the court about this. Marques was driving the car home to Ballyhaunis after the couple, along with their children, had gone to Claremorris to pay an Eflow toll after driving home from holidays the previous day, and his wife started to suffer from a migraine.
Judge Mary Devins gave Marques the benefit of the Probation Act and ordered him to pay €100 to the Garda benevolent fund.