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Keady man ‘foolishly’ took brother’s car without permission, court told

A Keady man has been banned from driving for three months after taking his brother’s car without his consent.

Daniel McBennett, 32, of Lir Gardens, pleaded guilty to taking a car without the owner’s consent, insurance or MOT certificate at Armagh Magistrates’ on Tuesday.

The incident occurred on December 29, last year, police stopped a Volkswagen Passat on the Armagh Road, Keady, after it was flagged as having no insurance.

It was then discovered that the defendant who was driving did not own the car and that it did not have a valid MOT.

Defence counsel explained that the defendant’s brother had come to visit him in Keady and had been drinking.

They went on to say McBennett’s brother decided to walk into to town to purchase more alcohol, and while he was away the defendant needed to go into town and “foolishly” decided to take his brother’s car.

Court heard that McBennett had a clean record, and was a father-of-two turkey factory worker, originally from Monaghan.

District Judge Paul Copeland disqualified the defendant from driving for three months.

McBennett was also ordered to pay a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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