A driver who got pulled over by gardaí was found to have printed off fake tax and insurance discs for his car.
Adil Noor, of The Stables, Dublin road, Tuam, was charged with two counts of forgery, making a false instrument for the purpose of inducing someone to accept it as genuine.
He also faced a charge of driving without insurance, and pleaded guilty to all charges.
The court heard that on Thursday, July 6 of last year, Garda Shane Lambe pulled Mr Noor over on Bothar na dTreabh.
When speaking with Garda Lambe, Mr Noor admitted that his tax and insurance discs weren’t real.
He said that he’d made them at an internet café in Eyre Square earlier that day.
Garda Lambe asked Mr Noor to produce evidence of a valid insurance policy, but he was unable to do so.
Speaking for the defence, solicitor John Martin said that his client had bought the car that day and had been shopping around for insurance.
While looking for a quote, every provider told Mr Noor that it would take several days to get him a policy, Mr Martin said.
He then made the decision to go into town and mock up the fake discs, “to tide him over a few days”.
Since the time of the incident, and before reclaiming his car, Mr Noor has been fully insured according to Mr Martin.
For driving without insurance, and for forging his insurance and tax discs, Mr Noor was fined a total of €500 and disqualified from driving for two years.