007 driver 'shaken not stirred' as charge is dismissed
A Cloghan driver who had a James Bond type number plate on his van, starting with the numbers "007 DL", was cleared of a charge of the fraudulent use of a number plate at Letterkenny District Court.
Richard Homer of Commen, Cloghan was stopped at Moyle, Newtowncunningham, on June 13, 2010 by Garda Marcus O'Dowd.
Garda O'Dowd told the court when he stopped the vehicle Homer told him he had the "James Bond Themed" plate fitted" just for the craic".
He says he had been given warnings to change it before and was even warned the previous day by Garda in Donegal Town.
Solicitor Frank Dorrian argued his client had no intention of committing fraud by displaying the number plate and that "no amount" of zeros before the number seven would have changed the fact it was a still a 2007 registered vehicle.
Garda O'Dowd said the 007 plate was "misleading" as the number could have read a number of ways.
The solicitor said his client was driving a "van, not an Aston Martin" and the number plate may have been non-conforming but there was no intention of fraud.
Judge Seamus Hughes asked the 35-year-old accused if he watched a lot of James Bond film and he replied "yes".
He dismissed the "unsafe" charge saying Homer was getting "a bit auld in the tooth" for such behaviour.