Ballymena Court: Van man alters registration plate before making off from filling station without paying for fuel

Ballymena Court

A MAN altered his registration plate before making off from a filling station without paying for fuel, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Gareth Drake (29), a joiner, admitted charges of making off without paying from Kilwaughter filling station near Larne and fraudulent use of a registration mark.

The offences happened on June 30 this year.

A prosecutor said a staff member checked CCTV and saw a man fill a van with £22.50 worth of diesel and move the vehicle to near the exit before he went into the store and paid for a coffee but not for fuel.

A defence solicitor said “lockdown got the better of” the defendant but he had already made restitution.

The defendant, of Great Northern Street in Belfast, was fined £200.

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