A banned driver who police had been hunting for more than ten years was remanded into custody on Saturday.
Belfast Magistrates’ Court heard that 50-year-old Charles John Gaynor was stopped while driving a Ford Focus car on the Falls Road on Friday taking his ill wife to hospital.
Gaynor, from Denmark Street in Belfast, was charged with driving without insurance or a licence and obstructing police along with a further charge of stealing a laptop computer from Maplins on February 19 this year.
A police constable also executed a total of nine arrest warrants, all for various driving offences and the oldest of which dated back to 2001.
Revealing that Gaynor has 145 previous convictions including 55 for driving offences, he said police were objecting to bail on the grounds that he would reoffend or would not turn up for his trial.
Solicitor Dennis Maloney submitted that all the legal correspondence had been sent to the wrong address and that was the main reason Gaynor had not turned up to court over the years.
Refusing bail, District Judge George Conner said Gaynor had a “dreadful record”.
He told Gaynor: “I’m sorry for the personal circumstances you find yourself in but at this stage I fear that there’s just too high a risk that you won’t turn up for trial and will commit further offences.”