A 23-year-old man caught driving without having insurance was given a suspended prison sentence last Thursday at Banbridge Magistrates Court.
Jake O’Brien, whose address was given as Lurgantarry, Lurgan admitted not having a licence or insurance in Limewood, Banbridge on December 11 last year.
For the insurance offence he was fined £150, sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two.
A £150 and a concurrent two-year ban were imposed for not having a licence.
The court heard that when stopped by police O’Brien said that he did have insurance but did not have it with him.
He produced insurance but this did not cover him and he was unable to produce his licence.
A barrister representing O’Brien said he had an unenviable record and in August this year a custodial sentence was confirmed at Craigavon County Court.
He added that this was his client’s first time in custody and it had been a salutary lesson for him.
The barrister said that O’Brien was disqualified from driving until September next year.
District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said the defendant had an appalling record with six convictions for not having insurance.
“If you persist with this you will go to prison,” he told O’Brien.