A DONAGHADEE man has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to a motorcyclist by careless driving at Killaughey Road near the town.
David Charles (30), of Killaughey Road, was banned from from driving for a year and fined £500 at Newtownards Magistrates' Court.
A prosecutor said there was a collision at 2.50pm on December 22, 2020, involving a vehicle driven by the defendant and a motorbike.
The motorcyclist was thrown from his motorbike and received "significant injuries".
A defence lawyer for the defendant, who had a previously clear record, said the "culpability is extremely low however the harm is very high".
District Judge Amanda Brady said a victim impact report made "sobering reading".
She told the defendant: "You could easily have killed that person, making the manoeuvre that you did without paying proper attention".
She said the victim had experienced pain and trauma.
Handing down the one year ban and a £500 fine, Judge Brady said: "I do this in the knowledge that the plea will no doubt assist in the civil proceedings that will no doubt follow this and hopefully the victim will no doubt get the substantial compensation that he deserves from another court in another forum".