A 27-year-old Enniskillen man who tried to avoid police officers by escaping through a emergency shop exit has been banned from driving, Fermanagh Court has heard.
Sean Edward Duffy, of Drumbawn, pleaded guilty to driving without insurance and no driving licence.
On August 26 shortly after 3pm, police spotted Duffy driving a Suzuki motorbike and turning onto the Cornagrade Road where he stopped at a shop and went inside.
A short time later, Duffy emerged from the shop without his helmet on, however it was claimed that when he spotted the officers, he returned to the shop and left through an emergency exit.
Officers made subsequent checks on the abandoned motor bike and traced the owner of the vehicle. However he told officers that he did not drive the vehicle and it didn’t belong to him.
After tracking down the previous owner of the motorbike, it was confirmed he had sold the vehicle to the defendant.
District Judge Nigel Broderick pointed out the defendant’s ‘poor record’ for different types of offences including failing to display L plates in 2008 and a defective tyre in 2012, which amounted to six penalty points on his licence.
The court was told that Duffy had taken a number of driving lessons and tried to get insurance, however his solicitor said his client found the quote expensive.
Judge Broderick added: “He didn’t have a licence so he knew he should not have been driving.”
Duffy was fined a total of £400 and had six penalty points endorsed on his licence which led to a penalty point disqualification from driving for six months.
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