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A BANNED motorist who used his computer to fabricate an insurance certificate has been spared jail.

Builder Andreia Guti, of Newmarch Street, Tinsley, Sheffield, was stopped by police in Maidstone, Kent, last December after his car had been reported stolen.

Guti, 24, handed over an insurance certificate which turned out to be false, and was found to be serving a three-year driving ban for his second drink-driving offence.

Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard he admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance and fraudulently possessing an insurance document with intent to deceive. He was fined £415, with £85 costs, and must do 150 hours’ unpaid work. A new 18-month driving ban was also imposed.

Probation officer Mark Webster told the court Guti had intended to sell the car on for a quick profit, but began using it himself. “He decided to create a false insurance document on his home computer. I don’t think he grasped the full consequences of his actions but he is aware he could be sent into custody,” he said.