Unlicenced Benz driver fined
A 42-year-old St Michael man Monday escaped jail for driving a Mercedez Benz without licence of insurance.
Ronald Oneal Bascombe of 2nd Avenue South, Wildey, St Michael pleaded guilty to both offences when he appeared in the District ‘A’ Traffic Court.
According to Station Sergeant Peter Barrow, a police constable on sentry duty at the entrance of Central Police Station saw the driver hit the side of the wall as he was entering the station on Saturday and decided to check on his particulars.
She discovered that Bascombe was not the owner of the vehicle and had neither a driver’s licence nor insurance. Further, the owner of the vehicle said he never gave Bascombe permission to drive it, but he did not wish to prosecute any matter relating to his vehicle.
When Bascombe’s record was checked, the court discovered that he had faced the court on two similar offences a decade ago.
Acting Magistrate Elwood Watts chided Bascombe, telling him that had the accident involved a person, it would have been “straight to prison” for him.
Bascombe, who apologized for his actions, was fined $1,000 forthwith for driving the car without insurance. He was given another two weeks to come up with a further $1,000 for driving without a licence.