Friday, January 30, 2009

Irresponsible driving on Boxing Day

A middle-aged Poole man will have to get used to public transport after he was disqualified from driving vehicles for the incident on the Boxing Day. 

Steven John Barnley, 44, of Poole, pleaded guilty of driving through red lights exceeding speed limits without insurance or certificate, Bournemouth Magistrate’s Court heard on Monday.

Prosecuting Paul Griffin said that Mr Barnley was driving blue Astra on Friday December 26 over the speed limit going through red lights on Constitutional Hill Road and Ringwood Road. “He [Barnley] was arrested yesterday evening and admitted he knew his insurance was not valid.” 

Defending Mark Proctor asked the Court to take into consideration that “this is the first time he is disqualified the licence” and that he is voluntary to pay the court fee, but as he has £5000 debt he asks the money to be taken directly from the salary. 

Mr Proctor adds that Mr Barnley has a risk of lossing his accommodation and his job. He has already lost his child and has a breakdown of relationships with the family.

The chairman Christopher Laishley said: “It is difficult to deal with this case”.

The magistrates of Bournemouth disqualified Mr Barnley from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay fines and costs totalling £325. 

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