An Arranmore islander claimed in court that he never received a fixed penalty notice as the letter had gone to his cousin of the same name.

Charles Ward, of Leagbarrow Upper appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with having no NCT on his vehicle.

He told the court that he lives in Drumkeen with his wife and children during the school year but lives on Arranmore in the summer months.

He was stopped by Gardai at Pearse Road in Letterkenny where it was found that he was not wearing a seatbelt and his NCT on his Audi car had expired.

Mr Ward said the first time he had been told of the fixed penalty was when his cousin, known as Charlie Ward, had returned from being in America in November and opened all his mail.

He said if he had personally received a summons then he would have paid it.

Judge Paul Kelly ordered the accused man’s solicitor Donagh Kelly to have the other Mr Ward in court on July 19th to explain the situation.


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