A retired publican who took out a Mini Countryman without the permission of his partner who was having a bath has been banned from driving for four months and fined £350.
George Canning (64), of Lodge Road, Coleraine, was involved in a “minor” collision with another vehicle near a care home as he took a “shortcut” from Asda on November 25 last year.
At the Magistrates Court in Coleraine on January 21 he pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicle taking causing damage; using a vehicle without insurance, driving without due care and attention and no driving licence.
The court heard he lost his licence ten years ago and had never re-sat his test. A prosecutor said a driver said Canning “pulled out in front of her” before a collision and Canning claimed he left the scene as he could not see any damage.
The vehicle the defendant was driving belonged to the defendant’s partner who said he had taken it without her permission whilst she was taking a bath. Defence solicitor Denise Gillan said the defendant had initially denied the careless driving charge but decided not to contest the charge.
The lawyer said there were no road markings and her client was “convinced” he had the right-of-way.
She said the defendant is on the verge of getting his free bus pass but on the day in question had taken a “chance” by going out in the car.