Belfast Telegraph

Judge wants defendant in court with 'glowing tan' as he missed sentencing due to surprise holiday to Spain

By George Jackson

A solicitor told the Magistrate's Court in Derry that his client, who was due to have been sentenced for motoring offences, wasn't in court because he been taken on a surprise holiday overnight to Spain by his grandmother.

The defendant, James Moore, 24, from Tullymore Road in the Waterside area of the city, has admitted driving without insurance and without tax, driving while not accompanied by a qualified driver and driving without displaying L plates. He committed the offences on February 21 of this year.

His solicitor told District Judge Barney McElholm on Friday that in a rather unusual development he had received a late night text message from Moore asking for sentencing in the case to be put back three weeks as he'd gone to Spain with his grandmother.

Mr. McElholm asked what was to stop Moore from dropping in his driving licence to Mr. McGee's office on his way to the airport.

"If he gets in touch with you from Spain you tell him to go easy on the paella and cerveza because his fines are going only one way and that's up.

"I will expect to see him here in three weeks time glowing with a tan and with his driving licence", he told Mr. McGee.

Sentencing was adjourned until June 23.

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