A NIGERIAN who was arrested on suspicion of impersonating his fellow country men and women in order to sit their driving tests for a fee was off the road for five years at the time of the alleged offence.
Lati Atanta, 35 Carrickmore Green, Citywest, Dublin appeared before Judge David Anderson at Kilkenny District Court. Detective Garda Neville McCormack of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation told the court that on July 11 at 12.10pm he arrested the accused on the Hebron Road under the Theft and Fraud Offences Act. He was brought to Kilkenny Garda Station when he was held until 2.40am the following morning. He was charged with having possession of a false provisional licence and to obtaining service by deception. He was then granted station bail to appear before Kilkenny District Court. The detective told the court that he was awaiting direction from the DPP that further charges were expected and applied for an adjournment. Judge Anderson adjourned the case to September 20.
It is believed that the suspect, who is in his mid thirties was a driving instructor in his home country. He has been living in Ireland for the past decade. The defendant appeared at Dundalk District Court in March and was convicted of similar type charges dating back to 2009. He received a community service order of 200 hours and was banned from driving for five years. A garda source confirmed that investigations were ongoing and that further charges are likely. “We are concentrating on the Kilkenny and Wicklow areas,” he said.