MaURICE MASON (64) from Ballyhale Kilkenny appeared before Kilkenny Court after being arrested on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on a driving charge. Mr Mason claimed that he had never received a court summons relating to a speeding fine from May 4 2010.
Mr Mason with an address at Knockwilliam, Ballyhale, Kilkenny had been recorded driving at 72 Kmph in a 50kmph zone at Newmarket in Knocktopher, county Kilkenny. At the time Mr Mason had been driving a black Volkswagen golf registration 09-kk-792.
The solicitor defending Mr Mason, Thomas Walsh told the court that Mr Mason, who owns Mason Plant Hire conducts the majority of his business in the United Kingdom and as such had not received notification of the traffic fine. Mr Walsh explained that Mr Mason’s children were grown up and had left home and that his wife is not always home and as such he was unaware of the case.
Judge David Anderson ordered Mr Mason to pay €200 to the Saint Vincent de Paul before the January 3 2012 and the charge would be struck out. Judge Anderson accepted Mr Mason’s defence that he had not been notified. He said that the framers of the law had left the loophole open as there is no law to force people to open their post.