Tiler’s ‘unfortunate mistake’ results in one-month ban

A County Tyrone tiler was fined £315 at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Wednesday for having no insurance.

Thirty-six-year-old Andrew Frizelle from Northland Village, Dungannon, was also disqualified from driving for four weeks.

Counsel prosecuting told the court the offence came to light when police stopped a vehicle at Circular Road, Dungannon, on August 15.

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She said the defendant told police his van was in for repairs, however, the policy he produced did not cover him to drive the vehicle.

An inquest will be held

Defence lawyer Blaine Nugent described it as an “unfortunate mistake” by the defendant.

Mr Nugent said Frizelle did have a policy of insurance which covered him but his van was in getting repairs carried out.

District Judge Michael Ranaghan said the defendant had a previous conviction which was some time ago, and he would give him credit for entering an early plea.