County Antrim motorist caught driving whilst banned for fourth time is jailed for six months

County Antrim motorist caught driving whilst banned for fourth time is jailed for six months

AN Upper Ballinderry man caught driving whilst disqualified for a fourth time has been jailed for six months.

Aaron McClean (25), of North Street, was detected on January 9 this year in the Nutt's Corner area when he was also uninsured.

A prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, police stopped a recovery truck and the defendant gave false details to officers.

A defence lawyer said the defendant had gone to the "aid" of a friend of a work colleague.

Deputy District Judge Philip Mateer said the defendant was "caught red-handed".

The judge said: "At the end of the day I'm faced with somebody who has persistently ignored the Order of the court disqualifying you from driving".

He said there had been driving whilst disqualified offences in 2017, 2020, 2021 and now 2022.

The judge said the defendant could have been jailed previously but that had not happened.

He told McClean: "Thus far you managed to get through life in a very lucky way but not content with taht you went out and drove again on the 9th of January this year. You just show a total disregard for the Orders of the Court

"The time has now come when you have to face the consequences of repeated breaches of Court Orders."

Judge Mateer jailed the defendant for six months and fined him £400.

The defendant was given £400 bail for appeal but the judge said there was "no chance" of McClean being released ahead of that.