Uninsured rider was nvolved in accident on new motorcycle

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On his way home after buying a new motorcycle a 21-year-old man was involved in an accident and it was discovered he was uninsured.

Barry Madden, whose address was given as Clonmeen, Craigavon, was fined £200 last Wednesday at the local magistrates’ court for not having insurance on June 27 this year.

He was also given six points and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

For driving without due care and attention he was fined £75.

The court heard that at 5.30pm police received a report of an accident on the Northway in Portadown.

When they arrived they saw a car parked on the edge of the nearside Lurgan bound lane. There was damage to the vehicle.

Madden, who was on a Yamaha motorcycle, said his back wheel had locked as he was changing gear and he slid into the vehicle.

He had no insurance and was a provisional licence holder.

Mr Joe McDonald, representing the defendant, said while he had a terrible record it did not contain any motoring offences.

He explained that Madden had insurance for his previous motorbike and he went to buy a new bike.

Mr McDonald said his client was in between buying the motorbike and getting home when the accident happened.