File Photo of car with tax disc.
A man charged with declaring a wrong engine size to Kildare County Council’s motor tax department has agreed to make a €2,000 donation to the Garda Benevolent Fund, to avoid a conviction for the offence.
Stephen Kearney, 42, of 28 Osberstown Park, Naas, appeared before Naas District Court on May 15.
Garda Sergeant Jim Kelly, prosecuting, said at the outset of the case that it was alleged that Mr Kearney went to tax a four-wheel, four-litre vehicle but that documents said that the vehicle was a two-litre vehicle.
The difference between the higher four litre tax and the two litre tax was €730, said Sgt Kelly.
Sgt Kelly said that Mr Kearney had no previous convictions and was very cooperative.
He was working on the car at the time.
Tim Kennelly, solicitor, for Mr Kearney, said that his client had “put the cart before the horse” in this case.
He was changing the vehicle from a four litre to a two litre one, and tried to tax it as a two litre one before the job was done.
Sgt Kelly said there was a complaint from the Council's Motor Tax Office about the Alfa Romeo car. It raised questions about the documents.
After hearing the evidence, Judge Desmond Zaidan said: “He is very lucky I am not sending him to jail.”
Mr Kelly said his client was a lecturer in data analytics at Dublin Business School and was a coach with a local GAA team.
Mr Kennelly said his client “made a mistake” and asked if he could make a donation to avoid a conviction.
Sgt Kelly said he did not object to that.
Judge Zaidan, agreeing to the donation, said “maybe it should go to the tax office.”