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Court appearance for man who bought car to live in after falling out with his parents

Vehicle was found to have a number of defects

A Lisburn man who bought a car to live in after falling out with his parents has been fined after the vehicle was found to have a number of defects.

Jamie Downey, of Richmond Avenue, pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard the 22-year-old was stopped at a police checkpoint on the Northway, driving a Ford Fiesta.

Officers noted that the car had a defective front tyre and the wheels were at an excessive angle.

The vehicle was subsequently seized and later found to have a number of defects.

Defence barrister David McKeown told the court the defendant had purchased the car to live in having fallen out with his parents.

He added that Downey had subsequently turned this around and reconciled with them.

Mr McKeown also informed the court the defendant’s partner was expecting to give birth in the next five weeks and Downey, a qualified chef, was seeking employment.

The defendant was ordered to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 10 weeks.

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