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Court fine for uninsured driver already hit with recovery and towing costs for car

Man chose to drive to work after being unable to get lift from housemate

An Armagh man who drove without insurance after being unable to get a lift to work has been fined and handed six penalty points.

Trifon Rashev, of Salters Grange Road, pleaded guilty to driving whilst uninsured at the city’s Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Court heard that on May 24 at around 2am the 28-year-old was stopped by police on the Moy Road, Armagh, driving a Vauxhall Vectra.

He spoke with officers and admitted he had no insurance.

It was revealed the defendant had come to Northern Ireland in April of last year from Bulgaria to “advance his situation”.

Defence counsel explained that normally Rashev would get a lift to work from his housemate but on this day they had different shift patterns.

He added that the defendant had bought the car and had been saving for his first deposit for his insurance.

The defence said Rashev had seen “the error of his ways” after being forced to pay £150 to get the vehicle back, along with a £60 towing fee.

It was also pointed out the defendant subsequently got insurance for the vehicle on May 25.

District Judge Paul Copeland commented: “He would have saved himself the expense if he did this in the first place.”

Rashev had six penalty points placed on his licence and was ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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