A letting agent’s day in court turned into a nightmare when he ended up paying four times the original parking ticket fine he was disputing.
The Isle of Man Today news website says agent David Lydon told magistrates he wanted to ‘have his day in court’ because he felt he was being victimised and his car targeted, after getting a £60 parking ticket fine for parking on a pavement while visiting a tenant.
The publication says he told the court he was inside the house for no more than four minutes when he came back to discover a warden writing the fixed penalty notice.
Lydon told the court that his car had received 11 parking tickets over the previous 18 months, with all of them rescinded on appeal.
However, there was no such good fortune on this occasion and the chairman of the magistrates bench fined Lydon £225 and ordered him to pay £50 prosecution costs.
“It would have been easier just to pay the fine” Lydon admitted afterwards.