Draperstown woman made ‘honest mistake’


A Mid Ulster woman who was found to be driving without insurance when she was stopped by police in Cookstown, has told the local Magistrates Court it was an “honest mistake”.

Maeve McGillian, 25, from Bancran Road in Draperstown, represented herself in court where she admitted to the offence.

The court heard McGillian was stopped by police at Cookstown Road, Cookstown, on October 19 last year.

Police were alerted to the fact that the appropriate insurance was not in place for the vehicle being driven by McGillian at the time she was stopped, a prosecuting lawyer explained.

Asked by District Judge, John Meehan, whether she wished to make any comment in her defence, Ms Gillian said: “It was an honest mistake. I thought I was insured.”

In addition to a handing down a fine of £250 in respect of the insurance offence, District Judge Meehan also imposed six penalty points.