Banned driver claimed he took to road in Ballymena to 'collect victim' who was involved in a 'domestic incident'

Banned driver claimed he took to road in Ballymena to 'collect victim' who was involved in a 'domestic incident'

A MAN caught driving whilst disqualified claimed he took to the road to collect a "victim" who, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard, was involved in a "domestic incident".

Colin Balmer (32), of Hugomont Mews, Ballymena, was detected in the town on June 13 this year.

In September last year he was caught speeding in County Down and in February this year he was using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving and was an unaccompanied L driver with no L plates displayed.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney told Ballymena Magistrates Court a woman had been a "victim of a domestic incident" and Balmer had been asked to "come and pick her up" and "foolishly he had agreed to do that".

Police were at the scene and detected the driving offence.

The solicitor said the defendant has now "turned a corner".

Balmer was given a three months jail term, suspended for a year, and banned from driving for a year. He was also fined £245.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "I want to make it clear. I don't think the message is getting through to defendants. This is something I will activate and make it consecutive if you breach it, do you understand?

"A lot of people get these sentences and think that is the end of the matter and then they just go and re-offend".