A 27-year-old Anagh Coar man has been fined £850 for three motoring offences.

Paul James Galbraith admitted having no insurance, no vehicle licence, and failing to notify a change of ownership.

Deputy High Bailiff Rachael Braidwood also endorsed his licence with seven penalty points.

Two other charges, of failing to stop a cycle for police and cycling without due care, which the defendant had denied, were dismissed after the crown offered no evidence.

Prosecuting advocate Roger Kane told the court that police found a BMW parked at Cushag Road in Anagh Coar, where Galbraith lives, on July 12.

Its tax had expired in February 2023 and it was subsequently seized by the police.

Galbraith was not listed as the registered owner of the car.

He spoke to officers and asked for the car keys, saying he would move it onto a driveway.

Defence advocate Paul Rodgers said that his client was banned from driving for 12 months in July 2021 and had not yet retaken his test as was required, though he had taken a theory test.

Mr Rodgers said that the BMW had been returned to Galbraith earlier than he had expected after having work done on it, so he had not had a chance to move it to an off-road location yet.

The Deputy High Bailiff said that she was concerned that the defendant had asked for the keys to move the vehicle, but Mr Rodgers said that, presumably he was going to get someone else to move it.

Ms Braidwood imposed fines of £600 for having no insurance, £150 for the tax offence, and £100 for the failure to change ownership.

Galbraith was also ordered to pay £127 in lost duty and £50 prosecution costs, and will pay all amounts at a rate of £10 per week.

After being sentenced, he claimed that other vehicles in the road were also untaxed but he was being ‘targeted’.

He said: ‘The police want me in jail.  They want to hammer you into the ground.