Kildare woman fined for giving sister's name when caught driving without insurance

Worried about second conviction

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Kildare woman fined for giving sister's name when caught driving without insurance

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A woman who gave the name of her sister as the driver of a car when she was stopped has been fined €650 for driving without insurance.

Ciara Cummins (30), with an address at Apt 42, Rye Abbey, Kilcock, was stopped by Gardai at New Road, Kilcock on August 24, 2017.

She gave her name as Aisling Cummins, which was the name of her sister. At the outset of the hearing at Kilcock District Court, sitting in Naas on March 6, the name on the charge was changed.

David Powderly, solicitor, said the sisters were not identical twins, but near to that.

It emerged that the defendant had a previous conviction for driving without insurance, also at Kilcock District Court, in April 2010. Mr Powderly said Ms Cummins “panicked” due to the previous conviction.

Judge Zaidan asked: “Why name her sister? Does she love her sister that much?”

Mr Powderly said his client was driving her sister's car.

Garda Alwyn Howard said defendant was very cooperative.