Banned driver nabbed after taking car to Goose Fair in bid to sell it

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When it came to selling his car, a St Ann's resident decided the important point was "location, location, location."

So Semere Netsere-Ab drove it to a street near the Forest Recreation Ground when the Goose Fair was in town, a court heard.

Among the thousands thronging to the event, he hoped a passer-by might notice the "for sale" sticker and make a fair offer for the vehicle.

But the scheme landed him in trouble because he was banned from driving and should never have moved the 11-year-old motor from his home on Lavender Walk .

His plight was outlined by solicitor Ian Boddy, who represented the former asylum seeker, an adviser for Nottingham Refugee Forum.

"He had no success in selling it. People had not even offered him enough to cover the loan.

"He then had the idea that people off to the Goose Fair would walk past and notice the poster on it. So he drove it near to the site.

"His sales technique has now worked and he has sold it. But he did not sell it that night and was seen driving it back home. There were no other drivers on the road," Mr Boddy told Nottingham magistrates.

A £150 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £30 government tax were ordered from Netsere-Ab. He pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said the car was pulled over just after midnight on Alfreton Road, Radford on October 11. He was breath-tested but had not been drinking alcohol.

"It was realised he was a disqualified driver," said Mr Pietryka. Netsere-Ab should have been obeying a three-year ban which lasts until May 2019.

A probation officer said the 37-year-old understands English law and knew he should not have been driving. The report went on: "He has embarrassed his community and embarrassed himself."

As well as being a volunteer at a food bank for refugees, Netsere-Ab earns £600 monthly working for a discount supermarket and is tackling debts of £3,000.

He is studying English, has attended a university access course and hopes to become a radiologist.

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Six penalty points were put on his driving record. These will appear on his licence when that is returned to him.

Presiding magistrate Simon Armstrong, who sat with two colleagues, told him: "Clearly you do lots of good work in your community.

"Remember you are disqualified from driving. OK?" Netsere-Ab replied: "Thank you."