Dungannon man drove for 20 years without a licence


A JUDGE has ordered a pre-sentence report in the case of a Dungannon man charged with driving without insurance, driving with excess alcohol in breath and having no driving licence.

Kestutis Bartkus, 42, of Gortnagola Road pleaded guilty to all charges relating to an incident on 21st September.

A court was told how police observed the defendant driving an Audi A4 and enquiries revealed there was no valid insurance policy.

Police stopped the vehicle and asked the defendant to take a breath test which he failed.

The defendant was also asked to produce his licence which he could not do.

A lower reading of 66mg/100ml was recorded at the station. When charged the defendant told police he had spoken to his solicitor.

Mr. Bartkus also indicated to Police that he has been driving for 20 years without a licence.

District Judge John Meehan ordered forfeiture of the Audi A4 and adjourned the case until 4th December for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Judge Meehan added: “I don’t think he has taken on board the gravity of the situation.”