Woman contacted man on Facebook before buying £600 car with MOT but police were ‘attracted by sound of faulty exhaust’

Ballymena Court.

A LARNE woman claims she bought a £600 car with MOT after contacting a man on Facebook who assured her it was road-worthy but two weeks later, her lawyer said, the loud sound of its defective exhaust attracted the attention of police.

As well as a defective exhaust, officers found the car also had two defective tyres, a defective brake light and an incorrect form of number plate.

Zoe Louise Brown (22), a care worker, of Torr Gardens, had the offences detected on May 13 at Meetinghouse Street in Larne.

The court heard the number plate characters were only 45mm high whereas the legal requirement is 79mm.

Defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said there was a loud sound from the exhaust which his client believes is what brought her to police attention.

“She believes there was a hole in the exhaust,” he added.

Mr Kinney said the defendant normally used another car but it developed a fault.

However, he said her old car is now back on the road and the £600 car off the road.

At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday the defendant was fined £300 along with three penalty points.

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