‘Borrowing’ housemate’s car ends in court case for Langho man

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A 30-year-old man took his housemate’s car when his normal lift to work let him down.

Blackburn magistrates heard Ionut Justinian Mecles thought he would have the car home before the owner got back from work, but was involved in a minor accident and the police became involved.

Mecles (30), of Petre Drive, Langho, admitted unauthorised vehicle taking aggravated by damage caused and driving without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence.

He was ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work, banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Catherine Allan (prosecuting) said Mecles was living at the home of his friend, Wayne McKenzie, who went to work leaving his car outside the house.

“Later that day he received a call from the defendant to say he had taken his car and been involved in an accident,” said Miss Allan.

Imran Hussain (defending) said the accident had not been his client’s fault.

“He stopped and checked on the welfare of the other driver despite his own circumstances,” said Mr Hussain.