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Man drove grandmother’s car without insurance after leaving his own into garage

Insurance document did not cover him to drive car on that day

A Benburb man who was detected driving his grandmother’s car whilst uninsured has been handed six penalty points.

Court heard the 23-year-old had a comprehensive policy on his own vehicle but this did not cover him to drive other people’s cars.

Eugene Grimley, 23, of Artasooley Close, pleaded guilty to using a vehicle without insurance at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Court heard the defendant was detected driving a Toyota Avensis on the Maydown Road, Armagh, on January 8 at around 10.25 am.

Police stopped the car as checks showed it was only insured to one female.

Grimley told officers that he believed that he was insured to drive the vehicle through his own policy on another car.

He did produce a document to the police, but it was found that this did not cover him to drive that car on that day.

Defence solicitor Oisin Toner stated that on that date Grimley’s own car had been left at a garage for repairs.

He said the defendant believed he was insured to drive this vehicle which belonged to his grandmother as he had a comprehensive policy.

District Judge Rosie Watters stated that Grimley really should have made sure of this before he drove another vehicle.

The defendant was handed six penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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