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String Of Traffic Offences Leads To Prison And Three Year Driving Ban

A man has appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court pleading guilty to driving without a licence and using a vehicle without insurance.

The 38-year-old appeared via videolink from Maghaberry where he is currently imprisoned for offences predating that for which he was appearing.

John Joseph Connors has been banned from driving for three years and was handed a similar sentence last year. The deputy district judge described him as showing “a total disregard for the road traffic laws”.

According to the prosecution, police in Craigavon were on patrol at around 2.15 pm on June 6 when they received a radio call concerning a vehicle of interest – a blue Jeep.

Shortly thereafter the officers saw a blue Jeep Cherokee matching the vehicle’s description. They followed it, observing a single male occupant. The officers then stopped the Jeep and spoke to the driver, who identified himself as the defendant, admitting that he did not have a licence and was not insured to drive that vehicle.

The defence said: “He has a significant record for driving offences. He has subsequently been handed a suspended sentence for similar offences which occurred after this incident.

“He is in custody for other matters and currently does not have a release date.”

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said: “Since committing this offence on June 6, you then went out and drove again in September.

“That matter made it through the court before this and you were sentenced to five months in prison suspended for three years.”

He continued: “You have similar entries in your record including a dangerous driving from many years ago along with causing GBI through your driving.

“You have a record filled with road traffic offences and that is to say nothing of your acts of dishonesty. You have shown a total disregard for the road traffic laws.”

Mateer sentenced Connors to three months in prison, suspended for three years, and banned him from the roads for three years. Connors must also pay a fine of £400 and the offender’s levy of £15.

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