Had no in­sur­ance on way to NCT test cen­tre

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A Cana­dian na­tional told Sligo District Court he was on his way to the NCT test cen­tre when he was stopped by Gar­dai.

Stephen Bai­ley (42) of Dun­mad­den, Tem­ple­boy didn’t have in­sur­ance when stopped at Corhow­nagh on De­cem­ber 15 th last.

Ms Laura Spell­man, so­lic­i­tor (de­fend­ing) said the de­fen­dant , who didn’t have any pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, only moved to Ire­land in July 2017 and ini­tially had a rental car be­fore he bought a ve­hi­cle. He had dif­fi­culty in­sur­ing it with­out an NCT and he took a chance to drive it to the test cen­tre and was on his way there when he was stopped.

How­ever, at the test cen­tre he was told they wouldn’t test it with­out an NCT.

Judge Kevin Kil­rane said he could have got some­one to drive the car to the cen­tre for him.

Ms Spell­man said he was new to the area and didn’t know any­one. His wife is Ja­panese. He did make sig­nif­i­cant ef­forts and had even rang the Gar­daí prior to set­ting off.

The de­fen­dant said the only per­son he knew was his land­lord and he lived in North­ern Ire­land. He had in­sur­ance now, ob­tain­ing a pol­icy the next day.

He was a stu­dent at IT Sligo and had dual Bri­tish and Cana­dian cit­i­zen­ship.

Judge Kil­rane ad­journed the case to De­cem­ber 13th say­ing he’d con­sider then what to do.

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