A 36-year-old man, who took “a risk” in driving an uninsured motorcar without a driver’s licence, has one month to pay the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court $1,100 in fines.
Kevin Antonio McConney, of Bedford Lane, Roebuck Street, St Michael, was driving the motorcar around 2:30 this morning, along Hastings Main Road, when he was pulled over by police because the vehicle was not equipped with a light illuminating the rear number plates.
After pointing out the offence, police requested his name and address, which he gave as Jamal Omar Gittens, of 2nd Avenue, Station Hill, St Michael. On further investigation, it was discovered that he had no driver’s licence and that the car was not insured.
“I was to clean the car, but I take the risk to pick up someone. I started giving the police the wrong name, but stopped because it belonged to one of my friends and I say, ‘I can’t do that to him’. That is why today I throw myself at the mercy of the court. I can’t fight up or fuss,” McConney, who had no previous traffic offences but is known to the court, explained to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant.
He was reprimanded and discharged for having no lights and convicted, reprimanded and discharged for giving police a false name and address.
However, McConney was fined $350 for having no licence and $750 for having no insurance.
Both fines are to be paid in a month, if not he will have to spend three months behind bars.
McConney was also disqualified from holding or applying for a driver’s licence within the next year.
He returns to court on January 4 to show proof of payment.