Man who made off without paying handed custodial sentence

Man who made off without paying handed custodial sentence

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan man, who made no effort to pay for fuel and pleaded guilty to three other motoring charges, has been handed a four month custodial sentence.

The case of Lawrence Francis McVeigh, (24), of Lurgan Tarry, was heard at Craigavon Court sitting on Friday, October 8.

The court heard that on August 22 last year, the defendant was detected driving on Castle Street, Portadown, with no valid insurance policy.

Furthermore, on March 20 this year, the defendant pleaded guilty to making off without paying as he put £20 of fuel into a car, before entering the service station in Lurgan and left without no efforts to pay. Subsequently, he was also charged with having no insurance and driving whilst disqualified.

Barry McKenna BL, who was representing McVeigh, explained that his client pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and he wanted to put the matter behind him.

District Judge Bernie Kelly remarked that the defendant had an “atrocious record for motoring matters” and imposed a two month custodial sentence and a two year driving disqualification for the offence on August 22, 2020.

For the charges relating to March 20 this year, the defendant was given a two month custodial sentence for making off without payment, a two year custodial sentence and a two year disqualification for having no insurance and a four month custodial sentence and a two year disqualification for driving whilst disqualified.

The sentences are to run concurrently and the vehicles used in the two offences were forfeited by the Judge.

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