Grantham court: Motorist with no insurance or licence lied to police officers

Court news.
Court news.

A motorist who drove without a licence or insurance was caught by police after he and another man were seen taking food off shelves in Asda.

Rafael Dumitru, 20, of Birkin Avenue, Nottingham, admitted driving without a 
licence and insurance, and obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty on Barrowby Road, Grantham, on May 18.

Prosecuting, Hannah Strawson said it was in the afternoon when police were called to Asda following reports of two men who were picking up food and then putting it back again when they were seen by security.

The men left in a Seat Ibiza car but were later stopped by police. The driver, Dumitru, gave a false name and date of birth.

But ten minutes later he admitted he had lied and gave his real name. Checks were made and it was found he did not have insurance and only a provisional licence. The car did not display L-plates.

When interviewed by the police later, he apologised and made a full admission. The court was told that there were a number of theft convictions against him as a juvenile.

Dumitru, who was not represented, told the court he had gone to collect the car that day with his friend who had a Romanian driving licence. His friend was not happy driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road so Dumitru drove.

For the insurance offence, magistrates endorsed Dumitru’s licence with six points and fined him £240. His licence was endorsed with three points for not having the proper licence. No separate penalty was made for obstructing a constable. He was ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.