Redcastle man “sold car” before tax detection

Barr appeared at Carndonagh District Court.
Barr appeared at Carndonagh District Court.

A Redcastle man has had a charge of driving without tax dismissed after telling the court he had sold the car previous to its detection.

Dermot Barr, Cullinean was charged with driving the car without tax at Binnion Road, Clonmany on March 14th, 2014. Garda Seamus Lyons told the court that at 8.28pm on that date, he stopped a car which had its rear bumper hanging off. When he approached the car, the five occupants jumped out and ran through fields. When he checked with the tax office, Barr was cited as the registered owner of the vehicle.

Barr told the court he was not in the car as he had sold it the previous March 8th and posted the tax book at Redcastle Post Office.

He said when he received the fine for driving without tax, he went to Carndonagh Garda Station, who told him to contact the Department of Transport. When he did so, they informed him the tax book hadn’t arrived and they would contact him if they didn’t receive it.

Barr said as he didn’t receive a call he thought the matter was settled until he received a court summons. He said he had attempted to make contact with the person he’d sold the car to, a Mr. Neil Gerard McKinney from Glentogher, but he is now in Australia.

The court heard that Gardai later disposed of the vehicle.

Judge Paul Kelly said he had to give Barr the benefit of the doubt and dismissed the charge.