The car Joseph Bowin was travelling in on Wednesday had damage to its body. Had that not been the case, maybe the Brown’s Gap, Sergeant Village, Christ Church resident would have escaped the $2, 500 in fines imposed on him after a court learnt that he had been driving around illegally.
When police caught up with him as he drove along Enterprise Road Wednesday, they discovered that he had no valid driver’s licence, road tax, car insurance or registration. Bowin was also using fraudulent number plates and the tax disc was not displayed in a conspicuous position.
He therefore pleaded guilty to all six traffic offences, which occurred on Wednesday.
Station Sergeant Rudolph Burnett told the Oistins Magistrates’ Court – currently sitting at the Supreme Court Building at Whitepark Road – that police on patrol saw Bowin driving a car, which had a damaged front section. It was after stopping and questioning him that all the other violations came to the fore.
Bowin said today that a friend had asked him to come by her home for something and he got “flustered” and went there.
“So what she promised you, that you would get in an unlicensed car, an uninsured car . . . to get there so quickly after you had this car put down all the time?”, Acting Magistrate Seale asked Bowin.
Of greater concern to Seale though, was the possibility that Bowin could have hit someone with the uninsured vehicle. He also told Bowin that he was reckless and had thought only of himself.
He was fined a further $500 for not having road tax; $1,000 for not having insurance coverage and $250 each for the other violations.
The money must be paid within the next four months, with alternatives on each count ranging from one month to six months’ imprisonment.