"Genuine mistake" leads to disqualification

"Genuine mistake" leads to disqualification

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter



A motorist, who was said to have made a “genuine mistake” by not having a valid UK driving licence, has had his case heard at Craigavon Courthouse.

Karim Boughrih, (55), of Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, appeared during the sitting on Wednesday, June 8.

The court heard that on July 12, 2020, police observed a vehicle driving on the Lough Road, Lurgan, towards the M1 Belfast bound.

Police signalled for the vehicle to stop and the driver identified himself as the defendant.

Officers requested Boughrih to produce his UK driving licence and insurance but he produced a driving licence that was not accepted by the DVLA.

As a result, the defendant was charged with not having a valid driving licence or insurance policy.

In his defence, the court was told that the defendant is a Moroccan national who has lived in Northern Ireland for the last 24 years. It was added that Boughrih didn’t feel this was an issue as nothing was flagged up in relation to his driving licence when he was renewing his insurance.

The solicitor added that the defendant had insurance at the time but this turned out to be void due to the driving licence not being valid. Furthermore, it was explained that Boughrih has since applied for a UK licence.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a fine of £100 for no driving licence and a six month disqualification.

For no insurance, Boughrih was fined £250 and disqualified for six months.

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