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Newbury motorist's sixth conviction for no insurance

Defendant has also been caught driving while disqualified.....twice

John Garvey


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A NEWBURY motorist has been caught driving without insurance six times and driving while disqualified twice.

Twenty-three-year-old Joshua Stephens was back in the dock at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, February 7.

He admitted driving a white Ford Transit van on the A339 at Newbury on February 6 while disqualified.

Mr Stephens, of Glendale Avenue, Newbury, and formerly of The Nightingales, Greenham, also admitted driving without insurance on the same occasion – his sixth conviction for that offence – and driving without a test certificate.

The court heard that he also had a previous conviction for driving while disqualified.

Mr Stephens was sentenced to nine weeks imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to complete rehabilitation activities, including attendance at a thinking schools course, and to pay £85 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £115.

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  • Sarcastic neighbour

    27/02/2019 - 08:08

    Well done judge, hope for your sake he doesn't kill or seriously injure someone whilst driving when he should be locked up as he is obviously going to repeat the offence. Serial criminals need to be given severe sentences up to protect the innocent. I'm almost willing to bet a months wages he drove away from court.


  • paulGT11

    25/02/2019 - 14:02

    Driving without insurance used to be a prisonable offence. if they cannot afford to send them to prison, fine them 10 times the insurance cost for the current year and every year that they have owned a vehicle without it.


  • Rebecca

    22/02/2019 - 17:05

    Ummm, his fine/costs are cheaper than Insurance, so he has made a profit . . . a 'great' example of capitalism at work!


  • Ajwatson

    22/02/2019 - 12:12



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