Man claims previous convictions recorded against him are not his

A Kilkelly man who pleaded guilty in court this week to one charge of non-display of motor tax claimed that eight serious previous motoring convictions that were recorded on the Garda Pulse System against him were not his and it was an issue he has tried to have resolved for a number of years now.

Christopher Burke, with an address at Woodfield, Kilkelly, pleaded guilty in court to non-display of a tax disc on January 20 this year in Kilkelly after he produced relevant documentation to cover him for other motoring offences for which he had been summoned. However, when Judge Mary Devins asked how many previous convictions he had for motoring offences, she was read out a list of 16 previous convictions. Mr Burke then told the court that there were eight serious motoring offences that were read out that were not his, such as drink drinking and giving Gardai a wrong name. He said that he had spoken to two different Garda Superintendents about this issue and it still had not been sorted out. Judge Mary Devins said this was a very serious issue that was being raised and that she was sure Inspector Shane Cummins who was representing the State in the case, would help Mr Burke get it resolved. She adjourned the case until February 3, 2015 so that the issue could be investigated.

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