Son took car without permission

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A Buncrana woman charged with speeding told Carndonagh District Court her son had been driving and she “didn’t think” she should take responsibility for an offence she didn’t commit.

Jacinta Bradley, Straboe, Buncrana appeared at Carndonagh District Court on Tuesday.

She received a summons for court after the car registered to her was detected travelling at 110kph in an 80kph zone at Gortanny, Quigley’s Point on 5th July, 2014.

Bradley gave evidence, telling the court she couldn’t have been driving on the date of detection as she was at a wedding that day.

She told Judge Paul Kelly that her son, Aaron Bradley, had taken her car without her permission and drove it.

She added that she subsequently nominated him as the driver on the fixed penalty notice form.

Bradley told the court she made the nomination on August 5th and posted it herself a couple of days later.

She said she then received a letter from the fixed penalty notice office on September 29th, telling her the notice had just been received and was outside the time limit.

She said: “I don’t think I should take responsibility for an offence I didn’t commit myself.”

She added that she needed her licence for work and wouldn’t have wanted any penalty points.

She added she couldn’t be held accountable for “letters maybe lost in the post.”

Judge Paul Kelly said all he could do was dismiss the summons but said Gardai had the option to pursue the matter in another way.