Ballygawley man told officers ‘you lie’ when informed he needed insurance for moped


A Ballygawley man who told officers he didn’t think he needed insurance for his scooter has been banned from driving by East Tyrone Magistrates Court.

Lukasz Obiedzinski, 29, of Lisdoart Terrace, Ballygawley was charged with having no driving licence and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

A court heard how police observed the defendant walking away from his moped after parking it. Police stopped the man later and he admitted that he had been driving it and told officers he had no licence or insurance.

When police informed him he needed insurance for a moped, he replied: “for scooter you need licence? You lie.”

A defence solicitor for Mr Obiedzinski said his client wasn’t aware he needed insurance for his moped but offered no excuse.

He also confirmed to the court that his client has resided in Northern Ireland for around 7 years.

District Judge John Meehan fined Mr Obiedzinski £365 for the offences and banned him from driving for a period of 12 months and until he passes his test.

He was also ordered to pay a further £15 offender levy to the court.