Ballymena man who admitted murder has now been dealt with at court for drink driving

Ballymena man who admitted murder has now been dealt with at court for drink driving

A BALLYMENA man who recently pleaded guilty to murdering Jason Lee Martin in the town has now, in a separate case, admitted offences including driving whilst banned; driving with excess alcohol and absence of insurance.

Jordan Bradley Jake McClintock (19), with an address listed on the charge sheet as Orkney Drive in Ballymena, was detected in Ballymena town centre at 4am on February 2 last year, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on Thursday.

On Wednesday December 15 at Antrim Crown Court, sitting in Belfast, he was jailed for life for murdering Mr Martin.

McClintock had previously denied murdering Mr Martin, but he changed his plea on December 15.

He stabbed Mr Martin (31) in the leg, severing an artery and causing him to bleed to death despite frantic attempts to save his life.

The minimum term McClintock will have to serve before being considered for parole is due to be set in January.

McClintock attacked Mr Martin in June 2020 in Ballymena.

The defendant was before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday via video link from Hydebank Young Offenders Centre.

He pleaded guilty to the driving charges.

A prosecutor said police saw McClintock stumbling around at a filling station at North Road at 4am on February 2 last year.

He had been a passenger in a vehicle but a short time later police saw him driving.

When stopped by police he attempted to get into the rear of the vehicle.

He had an alcohol in blood reading of 118 - the legal limit is 80.

A defence solicitor said McClintock had been a passenger initially but when the driver "took some form of a fit" he had taken the wheel.

The lawyer said the defendant had issues with alcohol dependency and ADHD.

The solicitor said McClintock had been on remand for 18 months on the murder charge and his behaviour at the Young Offenders Centre had been "exemplary" and he is an "enhanced prisoner".

For the driving offences McClintock was given a three months prison term. He was also banned from driving for 18 months and will have to re-sit his test to get back on the road.