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Saturday, 02 August 2014

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Barrow man banned from road after taking mother’s car

A LABOURER has been banned from driving for more than three years after admitting a string of offences.

Piran McKenna pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen, driving without insurance and driving without a licence at Furness Magistrates’ Court.

McKenna, 22, had been previously found guilty of possession of a knife following a trial in the same court on June 6.

The court heard how McKenna had been working late on April 9 and returned to his mother’s address at around 4am.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, told the court he left quickly and drove off in her Toyota Avensis – which she then reported missing. She said: “It was located at about 5.45am in Ilkley Road. Mr McKenna was located nearby – police searched him and found a knife in his pocket.

“They smelled alcohol and requested him to provide a roadside breath test but he refused.”

Mrs Hine told the court McKenna, of Abbey Road, Barrow, had been banned from driving in 2009.

Mr Mike Graham, defending, told the court McKenna had been working and had “forgotten” the knife was in his pocket.

He said: “He’d been working either side of midnight as a labourer at a local premises cutting plasterboard.

“He put that in his pocket and left work.

“He had forgotten that the knife was in his pocket and went to his home address. He made an irrational decision that he could drive home, he realised what he was doing and pulled over and was going to walk the rest of the way home.

“The reason for the possession of the knife was lawful and in connection with his employment.”

Magistrates handed McKenna an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and banned him from holding a driving licence for 40 months. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

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