Court cuts £600 fine to £165
9:02am Wednesday 27th February 2013 in Local
A CRIMINAL who was convicted of driving without due care and attention has had his fine reduced after claiming to have no income.
Gary Knox, pictured, was found guilty of the offence earlier this month after a court heard how he caused a crash in Morris Green Lane, Bolton, on July 2 last year by overtaking a car as it was turning right.
Knox, aged 37, of Adrian Road, Halliwell, was convicted in his absence on February 15 after failing to turn up for his trial at Bolton Magistrates Court.
He was found guilty and ordered to pay a £600 fine, £400 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. Seven penalty points were also added to his licence.
But yesterday, at the same court, Knox, who previously served a six-year jail sentence for buying an “A to Z” book of drug dealers from a corrupt police officer, appealed against the level of the fine.
He told magistrates that he had been laid off from working as a part-time salvage dealer and had no income, having to rely for cash on his partner, who is on benefits.
Knox had his fine reduced to £165. He will still have to pay £400 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.