Court hears man's family member 'struck by falling tree'

Court hears man's family member 'struck by falling tree'

A DEFENCE lawyer said a man was unable to attend Antrim Magistrates Court as a family member had been taken to hospital with a 'serious' injury after being struck on the head by a falling tree.

Hugh Doherty (22), of Dublin Road, Antrim, was due in court in connection with charges of driving dangerously at Tully Road near Antrim and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

The charges relate to April 28 this year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had been "on the run" from England and after a conviction on the charges an arrest warrant had been issued.

The defendant is due to be sentenced on December 7.

The defendant denies charges of interfering with vehicles at St James Meadow and Cidercourt Road in Crumlin on September 10 this year and that case has been adjourned to December 14 to fix a date for a contest.