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81-year-old pleads guilty to driving dangerous vehicle

Police found serious faults with brakes and indicators

Police who stopped a Foxdale pensioner on a motorbike later discovered its brakes and suspension forks were dangerously faulty.

Eighty-one-year-old Paul Hesketh of Stoney Mountain Road appeared before magistrates at Douglas courthouse.

He admitted having a dangerous or unroadworthy vehicle and having no driving licence on 16 September last year.

Prosecutor Hazel Carroon told the hearing officers were on patrol on the New Castletown Road in Santon when they saw him on a Yamaha XT125.

The bike looked in poor condition, and officers pulled him over at around 10.30am.

But they then discovered his driving licence had expired six and a half years earlier, and took the bike to the vehicle testing centre in Tromode.

There, examiners discovered serious faults with the front forks, brakes, and indicators – the speedometer didn't work and the battery wasn't securely fitted.

Telling Hesketh he'd defied all logic by risking his own safety and that of other road users, magistrates fined him £530, ordered him to pay £50 towards prosecution costs, and imposed three points on his driving licence.

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