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Man banned from driving claims seller told him car was roadworthy

A Bulgarian national who has been disqualified from driving claims that the person who sold him a car with no MOT and three defective tyres told him it was roadworthy.

Neshko Marinov, 34, of Fairgreen Park, Keady, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ on Tuesday charged with driving without insurance, a car with no valid MOT and three defective tyres.

The incident occurred at around 10.55 am on October 26, last year, when police, during routine checks, stopped a Volkswagen Golf driven by the defendant on Victoria Street, Keady.

Police found that the MOT on the car had expired on July 8 and that the car was uninsured.

They then noted that three of the tyres on the vehicle were defective.

Court heard that Marinov told police in an interview that the seller of the car had told him it was fine to drive but he accepted his responsibility in not insuring himself on the car.

The defendant, who represented himself in court, told District Judge Paul Copeland, through an interpreter, that he has lived in this country for three years and was responsible for three children.

Judge Copeland banned Marinov from driving for six months.

The defendant was also ordered to pay a fine of £375, along with the £15 offender’s levy, within 12 weeks.

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