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Couple plead guilty to obstructing police and driving offences

Woman was not insured to drive boyfriend's car

Armagh Magistrates' Court

A couple have both been fined after the man allowed his partner to drive without a licence or insurance.

Gabriele Kaklauskaite, 20, of Carrickmacross in Co Monaghan, pleaded guilty to driving whilst uninsured, driving without a licence and obstructing police at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Her partner Ovidijus Radauskas, 22, also appeared charged with permitting her to drive and obstructing the same officer.

It was explained Kaklauskaite was found in the driver seat of a Volkswagen Jetta on the Castleblaney Road, Keady, at around 12.30pm on September 4, with Radauskas outside of the vehicle.

When stopped Kaklauskaite handed officers a Lithuanian licence with false details on it which were confirmed by Radauskas.

The pair were arrested, and the information given was later found to be false.

Defence solicitor Gary Black said on the day in question Kaklauskaite had taken the vehicle to take her sister to a hospital appointment as, due to other commitments, Radauskas had been unable to take them.

Court heard Kaklauskaite had a record for similar offences in Lithuania and only held a Republic of Ireland provisional licence.

Radauskas, on the other hand, came before the court with a clean record with it also being established that he was licenced and insured to drive the car.

It was heard Radauskas had until recently been employed as a deliveryman and Kaklauskaite had just secured a job as a part-time housekeeper.

Kaklauskaite was disqualified from driving for six months and ordered to pay a fine of £375, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

Radauskas was handed eight penalty points and a fine of £250, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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