A DEVON man who drove with a defective braking system and no insurance while in Cornwall has been sentenced by magistrates. 

Henry Maximilliano Hales, aged 24, of Bovey Tracey in Devon, appeared in front of magistrates at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Thursday, November 9, 2023, on one count of driving a vehicle with equipment likely to cause danger of injury, and one count of driving without third-party insurance. 

The offences took place in Liskeard on Wednesday, February 8, where Hales was found to be driving on the A38 in a vehicle that had a defective braking system on all wheels, as well as with a defective nearside third axle tyre which was devoid of tread and its cords exposed. 

He was also found to be driving without third-party insurance. 

He was found guilty in a single justice procedure -  a procedure that applies to cases involving adults charged with summary-only, non-imprisonable offences, and allows cases to be dealt with by a single magistrate without either party having to attend court for a hearing.

During his sentencing, Hales was fined £900 and disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for four months and had his driving record endorsed.

Hales was also made to pay a surcharge to fund victim services of £360 as well as pay costs of £90. 

The court also noted that Hales' guilty plea had been taken into account when imposing the sentence.