Court hears Translink driver feared for safety of passengers when car blocked path of bus in County Antrim

Court hears Translink driver feared for safety of passengers when car blocked path of bus in County Antrim

A PROSECUTOR told a court a Translink bus driver feared for the safety of his passengers when a car blocked his path near Toomebridge.

Details emerged at Ballymena Magistrates Court in connection with Martin Joseph Maguire (53), of Hillhead Road, Knockloughrim, who admitted charges of 'obstructing traffic' and 'jaywalking'.

The defendant was not present at court, nor was he on a video link.

A defence solicitor said the case involved Maguire standing in front of the bus and District Judge Nigel Broderick said: "That wasn't very smart".

The prosecution lawyer said a bus driver told police that at around 8pm on September 30, 2020, he was working on the Derry/Londonderry to Belfast route "when a white Seat blocked his path onto the roundabout at the Moneynick Road".

The prosecutor added: "The bus driver then moved the bus into the other side of the road out of fear for his passengers. The male then alighted from the Seat, walked in front of the bus, demanding that a female be allowed to board the bus".

Judge Broderick said: "He drives his car across the path of the bus, blocks the bus, all to get somebody on to the bus?" and the prosecutor said: "Yes".

The judge said it was "a bit more serious than I thought" and said he would need the defendant present for sentencing.

The defence solicitor said "it was at the junction where the bus was taking off".

Judge Broderick added: "When you interfere with public transport in this way I think there has to be a consequence".

The case was adjourned to February 24.

  • Main picture: The incident happened at the Moneynick Road near Toomebridge.