A BALLINAMALLARD teenager has been fined and given penalty points for driving a car in such bad condition its wheel came off as he took a roundabout.
Axel McKenna (18) of Tully Road, Ballindullagh Outward, Ballinamallard pleaded guilty to using a vehicle without insurance, having no vehicle test, using a vehicle in a dangerous condition, and driving without a licence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday.
On August 9 last year police encountered McKenna on the Cherrymount Road in Enniskillen. McKenna’s red Peugeot 306 was missing a wheel, which had come off the car as he drove around the roundabout. Police examined the car and determined it to be in a dangerous condition.
McKenna told the police he had been brought into Enniskillen by a man he knew, who he’d told the car wasn’t in a fit condition to drive but who had driven it anyway. Defence barrister Ciaran Roddy said McKenna was friends with this man, who called to his house this day and jumped into his car when he was there. He said McKenna tried to stop Axel driving the car, but the other man was bigger.
Mr Roddy said once they had reached their destination the other man left and McKenna, a student at the South West College, then tried to drive the car home. He said McKenna accepted the car was in a terrible condition.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said he was going to give McKenna the benefit of the doubt. He fined him a total of £275 and endorse six penalty points on his licence.
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