Woman up to nine points after offence


A 22-year-old woman who now has nine points on her licence will have to be the ‘driver of the year’ for the next three years, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.

Cliodhna O’Neill, Rowan Park, Craigavon, was fined £250 and given six points for permitting her boyfriend to drive without insurance on May 28 this year.

She was also fined £90 for failing to notify of a change of keeper of a car and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.

At the same court Gerard Cushley (33), Derryola Bridge Road, Aghalee, was fined £250, ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy and given six points for driving without having insurance.

The court heard that at 3.20pm police stopped a car being driven by Cushley in High Street, Portadown.

He was unable to produce his insurance but produced a certificate at Lurgan police station which showed he was not covered to drive the vehicle at the time.

O’Neill was interviewed and said she did not realise the policy had been cancelled.

She had also failed to change the registration of the vehicle to her own name from her father’s name.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing both defendants, said this was a series of unfortunate misadventures.

He explained that Cushley thought he was insured to drive his girlfriend’s car. He had no points on his licence.

Mr Monteith added that, as far as O’Neill was concerned, this brought her points total to nine and she would ‘have to be the driver of the year for the next three years’.