Banned driver took to the road in Ballymena to 'do something nice' for partner for ferrying him around during disqualification period

Banned driver took to the road in Ballymena to 'do something nice' for partner for ferrying him around during disqualification period

A MAN with an Ahoghill address was on the road despite being banned because, according to a defence lawyer, he wanted to "do something nice" for his partner in return for being driven around during his disqualification.

Enda Kennedy (28), of Brookhill Mews, was stopped by police at Old Galgorm Road in Ballymena on May 16 this year.

He was in a BMW which was detected doing 51mph in the 30mph zone and provided false details to police but later rang to admit he was a disqualified driver.

He told police he had initially lied as he was "scared and nervous" and had not wanted to get into trouble.

A defence barrister told Ballymena Magistrates Court the defendant had previously been banned from the roads for driving with excess alcohol and the incident in May this year happened as he was coming to the end of that ban.

The lawyer said Kennedy had made a "foolish spur of the moment decision" to drive.

He added the defendant was on the road as he "wanted to do something nice for his partner" who had been the "source of his transport" during the ban.

The defendant pleaded guilty to charges of driving whilst disqualified; obstructing police; absence of insurance and excess speed.

He was ordered to do 100 hours of Community Service; was banned from the roads for four months and fined £60.