Man caught driving without insurance for tenth time

Ballymena Court

A MAN caught for a tenth time without insurance claimed he was on the road to help his partner sell her Volkswagen Caddy van.

The latest insurance offence involving Shaun McLaughlin (55), of Carnlough Road, Broughshane, came to light at Rathkeel Road near Broughshane on July 3 this year when he was detected speeding.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine told Ballymena Magistrates Court on the day in question the defendant was doing an “errand” to help his girlfriend.

He said McLaughlin had “turned his life around”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick noted the defendant had 42 previous convictions including nine for absence of insurance.

The judge wondered with such a record how the defendant was able to be added to an insurance policy for less than £17 although he was unsure what timespan that figure covered.

He said it was a “very bad record” and told the defendant to make sure the insurance company was “fully appraised” of his previous convictions.

Giving the defendant eight penalty points and a £300 fine the judge warned him: “If you are caught for no insurance again you run the real risk of a custodial sentence”.

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