Derry SDLP councillor fined for motoring offences

Councillor Sean Carr, Oonagh McGillion, Councillor Jimmy Carr and Councillor Angela Dobbins pictured at the Clipper Civic Reception. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 4.7.12
Councillor Sean Carr, Oonagh McGillion, Councillor Jimmy Carr and Councillor Angela Dobbins pictured at the Clipper Civic Reception. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 4.7.12

Derry SDLP councillor Jimmy Carr has been fined £300 today after pleading guilty to a number of motoring offences.

The 26 year-old, with an address at 17, Merriman Court, appeared at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with taking a motor vehicle without authority, driving without insurance or ‘L’ plates, and being an unaccompanied ‘L’ driver.

The offences arose out of an incident in the Harty Court area of Ballymagraorty on Thursday, September 5, Carr knocked down a child who ran onto the road from in front of a bus.

Carr was not at fault in the collision but during the investigation it emerged that he was unable to produce the appropriate documentation to drive the vehicle, a van which belonged to his employer.

Defence solicitor, Paddy MacDermott, said his client had “borrowed” the van to buy formula food for his newborn baby.

District Judge Barney McElholm gave Carr a conditional discharge on the charge of taking a motor vehicle without authority and fined him £250 and issued six penalty points for having no insurance. He was also fined £25 for driving without ‘L’ plates and £25 for driving while unaccompanied. And offender’s levy of £15 was also imposed.