Ballymena Court: Man (63) who has never sat driving test says he had always planned to do it ‘but then they brought in the theory test’

A 63-year-old man who admitted he had never sat a driving test told Ballymena Magistrates Court: “I always intended to do it and then they brought in the theory test and I’m not that great of a scholar”.

Richard Andrew Bonnes, of Ard-na-Maine, Cullybackey, came to police attention on July 19 this year.

A prosecutor said police spoke to the defendant who was in an Audi vehicle in the Drumtara estate in Ballymena and no insurance was detected.

The prosecutor said the defendant admitted taking the vehicle without permission from a “friend’s stables” where, the court heard, he keeps a horse.

The defendant told police he “borrowed” the car to “do some shopping”.

At court the defendant said he thought the car was covered by “trader’s insurance”.

He admitted to the court he had never passed a driving test and that he had a provisional licence since he was in his 20s.

The defendant told the court: “I always intended to do it and then they brought in the theory test and I’m not that great of a scholar”.

The defendant admitted charges of taking a vehicle without permission; absence of insurance; being an unaccompanied learner driver and absence of L plates.

He was banned from driving for three months and fined £300 along with a one year conditional discharge.

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