‘That was stupid’ – Judge orders man to prove he made donation

February 14, 2021

A MAN who told a court that he made a charity donation without obtaining receipt has been ordered to prove that he did lodge the money.

Judge Paul Kelly has given Derryman Martin Toland until April 8 to produce a receipt for the donation, which was in lieu of a conviction.

Toland (36) of Raftery Close, Derry, was arrested recently on foot of a bench warrant after he failed to appear in court in February 2015.

Toland was before Buncrana District Court for his failure to appear at the same court on February 12, 2015, when he was due to produce the receipt.

Toland had been in court on a public order matter and told that if he made a €250 contribution to the Foyle Hospice he would not have a conviction recorded against his name.

“I did do it but didn’t bring the receipt back,” Toland told the Court.

“That was a bit stupid,” remarked Judge Paul Kelly.

Toland told Judge Kelly that ‘things went a wee bit hectic’ in the aftermath of his previous appearance in court.

“I just left in the money and just left,” he said.

Judge Kelly wondered if anyone had queried his appearance at Foyle Hospice with the donation.

He told Toland to return to the April 8 sitting of the court with a receipt.



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