The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Oops! (2)

Mohinder was worried when the police stopped him while he was driving his friend's car. Mohinder was not insured on his friend's car. To avoid the expense and unpleasantness of a court appearance he decided to give the police the name and address of yet another friend. Unfortunately this latest friend had recently, unbeknown to Mohinder, been banned from driving, so Mohinder was arrested, handcuffed, and taken to the police station. This was not at all what he had planned, so he protested that the police had got the wrong man. "Oh yes, of course we have, sir" came the stern reply. Matters were sorted out after a bit of cell time, and Mohinder was brought before us charged with driving without insurance and giving a false name. Because no insurance carries at least six points, and because Mohinder only passed his test eighteen months ago, DVLA will now revoke his licence and he will have to go back to L-plates and take a new test. We fined him for no insurance, with £100 on top for giving a false name, plus £43 costs and disqualified him for three months, so he won't even be able to make a start on getting his licence back for that period.