A disqualified driver who borrowed a car to buy cigarettes has been jailed for four months.
Connor Jack Blair Kinnersley was also charged with aggravated vehicle taking of the Mercedes – which was later found damaged, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.
He had been socialising indoors with the car’s owner, and drove the car to a Shell garage to get some cigarettes.Prosecutor Andrea Pitt
“The owner of the car is not here to give evidence,” said Andrea Pitt, prosecuting. “Several attempts have been made to contact him.
“Without his evidence, there is no evidence against Mr Kinnersley of aggravated vehicle taking.
“Mr Kinnersley accepts he drove the car that night.
“He had been socialising indoors with the car’s owner, and drove the car to a Shell garage to get some cigarettes.”
The court heard the car was later found abandoned, and Kinnersley’s fingerprints were found in the driver’s compartment.
Kinnersley, 18, of Roseberry Road, Hartlepool, denied aggravated vehicle taking on March 27.
He admitted driving while disqualified, and driving with no insurance on the same date.
Ms Pitt said his previous convictions include four offences of vehicle taking, and two offences of driving while disqualified.
Kinnersley appeared in custody having recently been sentenced to 30 months for robbery.
Tony Jackson, defending, said in mitigation: “He has always maintained he was not driving when the damage was caused to the car.
“He has recently been sentenced to 30 months, which may have rather overtaken the impact of any likely penalty in this case.”
Kinnersley was sentenced to four months in prison, to run concurrently with his existing sentence.
He was banned from driving for 12 months, and ordered to pay £165 in costs and victim surcharge.