Anup-and-coming actor who has won awards at the Alderley Edge Festival took his dad’s hire car and crashed it without a licence or insurance.
An up-and-coming actor who has won awards at the Alderley Edge Festival took his dad’s hire car and crashed it without a licence or insurance.
Ross McNeill, 19, of Broomfield Close, Chelford, took the Fiat Panda from the family home and crashed into another car four miles away in Knutsford, Macclesfield magistrates heard.
The court heard the defendant is a ‘talented individual’ who acted out of stupidity, knowing his dad would not have let him take the car.
He was sentenced to a 12-month community order and ordered to complete 80 hours’ unpaid work, disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to pay £371 compensation after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and property damage and driving without a licence and insurance.
Prosecuting, Neil Audley said: "The vehicle had been hired by his dad but the defendant took it and had an accident – he struck a Rover and shunted it into the car behind it, causing damage. At interview he accepted his father wouldn’t have let him take the vehicle. He had not passed his driving test and had no insurance."
Defending, Paul Gibbon told the court McNeill was a ‘gifted singer and actor’ who has won awards at the Alderley Edge Festival.
He said: "He has spent some time in London at the Arts Educational College and has his first professional job in a play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – he is all the time attending auditions in London. There was never any question of alcohol or drugs – it was simply stupidity. He is utterly ashamed and his dad is furious. This is a complete one-off."
Chairman of the bench Peter Nash said: "The aggravating factors are that you did this on a provisional licence and it was an extended journey. You did it intentionally and caused the risk of harm to yourself and other road users."