I have received a summons to appear at Watford Magistrates Court on June 16 for the offence of "on 20/12/2013 used a colour television receiver without a licence atXXXXX Stevenage. Contrary to section 363(2) and (4) of the Communications Act 2003.
On that date I had been staying with my friend at that address, which she rents, for about 1 week. The reason I was temporarily staying there was that I had sold my previous house and there was a delay on the completion of the purchase of my new house. I actually completed the purchase on January 21 2014.
My friend had a television and it was on when a TV Licensing agent knocked on the door. He actually woke me up because I was off work on sick leave, signed off by my doctor. He told me that there was no valid licence for that address. I said that I did not know this because I was only staying there temporarily.
Do I have any defence against the alleged offence?
It was hers