Prestatyn motorist pleads guilty to taking vehicle without consent

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A motorist whose car had a new battery fitted at a Holywell garage had been visited by police after officers stopped the vehicle on the M56, a court heard.

Kirston Potts, aged 25, of Beverley Drive, Prestatyn, a mechanic at MGS Services, had picked up his boss during a test drive and been asked to take him to Manchester, magistrates were told.

Defence solicitor Alex Fitzgerald said at Llandudno court: ”The defendant did what he was told. He’s travelling a distance the owner of the car would never have authorised.”

However, the lawyer said, the customer hadn’t been charged for the repair and he was a repeat customer. “The owner of the garage is very apologetic,” Mr Fitzgerald declared. He argued it was a “technical offence.”

Potts pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis and taking a Hyundai without consent on April 24 at MGS Services, Coast Road, Holywell.

Prosecutor Diane Williams said the defendant told police his own car was blocked in and, because his boss said the journey was urgent, he decided to take the customer’s vehicle. 

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