Uninsured motorist banned from driving

A 22-year-old man who took a van without the owner's permission told police his uncle '˜will kill me', Craigavon Magistrates Court heard on April 25.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 6:16 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 6:16 pm

Elijah Martin Gavin, Grange Drive, Ballyclare, admitted three offences which took place in Lurgan on February 15 this year.

For not having insurance he was fined £400 and banned from driving for six months.

He was also fined £75 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy for not having a licence and fined £100 for taking a vehicle without the consent of the owner.

The court heard that just before 8.30am police stopped a Ford Transit van in Edward Street in Lurgan.

Gavin was driving and admitted he did not have a licence and the van belonged to a work colleague.

The vehicle had been at his girlfriend’s house and he took a chance.

He told police: “Uncle William is going to kill me. I took his van without his permission.”

A barrister representing the defendant said it was not a joyriding matter and his client made a full admission.