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Defendant stopped twice for driving without insurance banned for nine months

A Bulgarian national charged with two counts of driving without insurance appeared in court.

The 30-year-old, from Newry, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ last Tuesday with a litany of driving offences against his name.

The first took place on May 14, last year, on the Keady Road, Armagh at around 5.40am police pulled the defendant over during routine checks and asked him to produce insurance documents.

The defendant could not and was also not able to show a driver’s licence.

Police also noted three of the car’s tyres were defective and the outside brake light was not working.

Sashev was asked to bring licence and insurance to the police station, which he failed to do so.

The second offence took place January 18, this year, the defendant was stopped by police driving a Mazda on Kinelowen Street, Keady, also without insurance.

The defendant was able to produce a Bulgarian licence which was accepted by the court.

His counsel explained the defendant is a “married man with two children who arrived in the country early last year”, adding that he had “recently found work as a mushroom picker”.

The court heard on both occasions he had bought cheap cars to get him to work and he now relied on lifts from co-workers.

The defence stated that after the second occasion he bought insurance for the car but could not pay the £300 to get the car from the pound.

For all of his offences, District Judge Paul Copeland ordered him to pay £435 over 12 weeks and banned him from driving for nine months.

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