Rhos man took mum's car and crashed into quarry fence

Published date: 30 January 2014 |
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A MAN who took his mother’s car without permission and crashed it through the fence of a quarry has been ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work.

Dafydd Wyn Hannaby, of School Road, Rhos, took Susan Hannaby’s Citroen C1 from the garage of the house they share after the battery of his car went flat on the morning of January 9.

He took it for a drive with two friends but crashed it because he was not familiar with the controls.

Wrexham Magistrates Court was told yesterday the car was so badly damaged it was written off.

Hannaby, 32, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving without third party insurance.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said North Wales Police were called to reports of a collision and upon arrival found the car with front-end damage after it had gone through a mesh fence in the quarry area of the lead mines.

He said: “No one was inside the vehicle so both officers were deployed and conducted a search of the area where two males were found walking nearby.

“Both accepted they had been in the vehicle and the defendant had been driving.

“They believed he had permission from the owner, the defendant’s mother.”

When they went to his home address his mother confirmed she was the only insured driver and had not given her son permission to drive the car.

In interview, Hannaby claimed he used jump leads from his mother’s car to start his own, but in the process ran her battery flat.

He said he decided to help his mother out by driving the car around to charge the battery.

Ceri Evans, defending, said the mother had said she had not forgotten the incident but wished to move on from it.

She said of her client: “He is a full licence holder with no points and has his own Peugeot 206.

“He’d been with two friends and tried to charge the battery of his own vehicle but when that doesn’t work he uses his mum’s vehicle. He only intended to take it a short distance.”

As well as ordering him to undertake unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order for the aggravated vehicle taking offence, magistrates also banned Hannaby from driving for 12 months.

No separate penalty was made for driving without insurance although Hannaby’s licence was endorsed for the offence.

He was also told to pay £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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