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Woman fined for insurance offence told: ‘The moral to the story is don’t trust a man’

Solicitor blames 'common misconception' of comprehensive cover for offence

A woman who let her partner drive her vehicle after believing him to be covered by his own insurance policy has been handed six penalty points.

And in sentencing, District Judge Bernie Kelly told the 24-year-old: “The moral to the story is don’t trust a man.”

Hanna Glasgow, of Cookstown, pleaded guilty to permitting no insurance at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on July 22, at 8.20pm, police observed a male driving an Audi on Bridge Street, Portadown.

Checks showed that the car was insured only to a female.

Police stopped the vehicle and spoke to the passenger, who was the defendant.

She told officers that the car belonged to her and she had given her partner permission to drive.

Glasgow also told police that the pair had just come from Craigavon Area Hospital where her grandfather was being treated.

Defence barrister Conor Lunny stated: “This woman has never been before the court before and is extremely nervous.

“At the time her grandfather had been very ill in hospital, he has since passed”.

He explained that on that day the defendant had been “teary” after a visit and her partner had offered to drive as he did not think she was fit to do so.

Mr Lunny commented that Glasgow’s partner had believed he was insured due to the “common misconception” of comprehensive cover.

District Judge Bernie Kelly stated: “The moral to the story is don’t trust a man.”

The defendant was handed six penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within eight weeks.

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