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Armagh man with no insurance crashed car while out looking for disabled child

An Armagh man and woman have been shown leniency by a judge as they were searching for the woman’s child whilst driving and permitting no insurance.

The 44-year-old man, of Monaghan Road, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with driving without insurance.

Meanwhile, the 39-year-old woman, of Orangefield Crescent, appeared similarly charged with permitting him to do so.

Court heard police were called to road traffic collision on Orangefield Crescent on August 29, last year.

The man was identified as the driver of a Chrysler Voyager which was involved in the collision and was found to have no insurance for the vehicle.

Police also spoke to the woman who was the owner of the vehicle and she admitted to allowing the co-defendant to drive the car.

She explained to police that she was searching for her disabled son and had permitted him to drive as her arm was in a cast.

Defence counsel stated that she had been searching for her son and had given little thought to her co-accused not being insured in the vehicle.

They asked that Deputy District Judge Michael Ranaghan give her a shorter driving ban as she was a single mother of three children.

Judge Ranaghan disqualified her for 30 days and ordered her to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash had six penalty points put on his licence and was fined £150, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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