A MAN who has pleaded guilty to using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving initially told police he had been holding a "wallet close to his ear," a prosecutor told Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena.
Anthony Kelly (45), of Balloo Manor, Antrim, had the offence detected at Dublin Road, Antrim.
The court heard police in an unmarked vehicle spotted the defendant on July 11 this year.
References were provided to the court on behalf of the defendant, including from a "parish priest".
Defence solicitor Garret McCann said his client received a work call and "human nature got the better of" the defendant and he had answered the phone whilst driving.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was the defendant's third mobile phone offence.
The court was told the defendant already had six points on his licence.
He was banned from driving for a month and fined £300.