A man caught driving without insurance in Ballymena claimed that because he did not have very good English he paid a friend with a better grasp of the language to arrange a policy and he was unaware it had not been set up.
Alin Lacatus (23), a Moy Park worker wirth an address at Hyndford Street in Belfast, was detected driving a Vauxhall Astra at 1.20am on July 6 last year at Linenhall Street in Ballymena.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, the defendant, originally from Romania, pleaded guilty to being uninsured and he also admitted failing to produce a driving licence.
A defence lawyer said the defendant had a Romanian licence.
The defendant was banned from driving for six months; fined £300 and given a one year conditional discharge.