When he took his sister’s car without her permission a 37-year-old man was also driving without being insured.
Anthony McGivern, Ballygowan Park, Banbridge, was fined £250 last Thursday at the local court for driving without insurance on November 27 last year.
He was also given six points and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy. For taking the vehicle without the owner’s permission he was fined £200. The court heard that at 11.30pm police spoke to the defendant who was driving a car at Ballygowan Park. McGivern admitted that he was not insured and that he did not have permission from the owner to drive the car.
A solicitor representing the defendant said that her client was a self-employed tiler and needed his licence.
She explained that he had insurance for a commercial vehicle.
The solicitor added that that it was ‘a stupid decision’ on McGivern’s part to take the car.