Points penalty for man who moved friend’s car outside Aldi ‘as a prank’

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A MAN has appeared in court after he took his friend’s car and moved it to a different parking space as a joke – despite having no driving licence or insurance.

Sammy Choudhury, 21, was a passenger in his pal’s silver Hyundai Coupe on February 24, when the driver accidentally dropped his keys when he got out of the car, Sunderland magistrates heard.

Prosecutor Paul Anderson said Choudhury got into the driver’s seat at 9.30pm and drove across the Aldi carpark in St Mark’s Road, Millfield, and was spotted by two PCSOs who called police.

“He drives the car into another parking space,” Mr Anderson said. “He doesn’t have insurance or a driving licence and he didn’t have anybody supervising him.”

Choudhury, of Saint Mark’s Road, admitted taking a vehicle without consent, having no insurance, and breaching a conditional discharge.

Jason Smith, defending, said: “It appears on the face of it that this was a prank that went badly wrong. He had no intention of driving the car down the street.”

Choudhury was sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work, He was also told to pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge and his licence will be endorsed with six penalty points.