By Aaron Humes: Butcher of Water Lane, Belize City, Jorge Castillo, 54, must find $365 to pay Magistrate’s Court after it was found that the vehicle that he was trying to tow home from the mechanic had not been licensed and insured and that he did not have a valid driver’s license.
Castillo, represented by attorney Ian Gray, was charged with driving a motor vehicle while not holding a valid driver’s license; using an unlicensed motor vehicle, and using a motor vehicle not covered by third-party risk insurance. He was at risk of being disqualified from driving at all.
Castillo pleaded guilty, but in mitigation, Gray told the court that Castillo had taken the vehicle to his mechanic’s shop to fix “mechanical difficulties” seven weeks ago, without success. After the mechanic admitted failure, Castillo was taking the vehicle to his home when he ran into police.
Castillo waited until around 11:00 p.m. to move the vehicle but was caught by police as he was around the curve from his home with the vehicle.
Magistrate Mannan Dennison set fines of $205 on the insurance charge, $105 for not having the license, and $55 for driving the unlicensed vehicle. The fines must be paid between June 30 and August 31 and no later than the latter date, in default a total of two months to be spent in jail.
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