Man did not declare conviction

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When he applied for car insurance a 50-year-old man did not reveal that he had previous criminal convictions, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Martin Cieran Roberts, Larkfield Meadows, Craigavon, was banned from driving for six months for not having insurance on June 11 last year. He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy..

For making a false declaration that he had no criminal convictions he was fined £200 and a £100 fine with a concurrent four month ban were imposed for not having a licence.

The court heard that Roberts was stopped while driving on the Bluestone Road and police checks revealed he was not the holder of a licence.

He had been previously disqualified and had not obtained a new licence.

Checks with his insurance company revealed that any policy would not have been valid because he did not have a licence and that he denied he had any prosecutions.

Mr Conor Downey, representing the defendant, said Roberts had transferred his Northern Ireland licence to a Republic of Ireland licence but there was a question of its validity in this jurisdiction.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, pointed out that Roberts had been disqualified in this jurisdiction and he was required to take a test to be licensed.

Mr Downey said his client hoped to take the test in this jurisdiction as quickly as possible but he realised he was facing a period of suspension.

Judge Bates said Roberts had made a completely false statement that he never had any convictions but he would take into the account his clear record for the last seven years.