Attorney General (Garda Doyle) v Farrell

CourtDistrict Court (Ireland)
Judgment Date01 January 1954
Date01 January 1954
(Dist. Ct.),
Attorney General (Garda Doyle)

Place of alleged offence - Whether a "public place" - Meaning of "public place" - Whether place where alleged offence occurred a "road" - Road Traffic Act, 1933 (No. 11 of 1933), ss. 3, 22, 30, 51 and 167.

The defendant was charged with dangerous driving and with driving an uninsured mechanically propelled vehicle at a carriageway in the grounds of St. Kevin's Hospital, a public place, without the consent of the owner. He was further charged that at a carriageway in the grounds of St. Kevin's Hospital, a road within the district, he drove a mechanically propelled vehicle without holding a driving licence. Held, that before the defendant could be convicted of the offence alleged against him it would be necessary to prove that the locus in quo was a "public place" within the meaning of the Act in the ease of the first three summonses and in the ease of the...

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