Judge says he doesn't know what 'comes over' motorists who speed at over 100mph

Judge says he doesn't know what 'comes over' motorists who speed at over 100mph

A JUDGE said speeding is a killer and he doesn't know what "comes over" motorists who travel at over 100mph.

Deputy District Judge Austin Kennedy was speaking at Antrim Magistrates' Court, sitting in Ballymena, where he banned Thomas Hillan, a manager in a supermarket, from Mount Eagles Crescent near Lisburn, for two months along with a £500 fine.

The 33-year-old was in a Mercedes car which police spotted doing 100mph at Lisnevenagh Road dual-carriageway - a 70mph zone near Antrim town - on March 20 this year.

The court heard the defendant told police: "Sorry I was driving too fast".

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the offence was detected at 9am and the lawyer admitted: "Once anyone hits 100mph courts take very strict notice".

He said the defendant works night shift.

Judge Kennedy said it had been an "awful speed".

He added: "Speeding is a killer on the roads. It has to be stamped out. There are far too many deaths in this jurisdiction in respect of road traffic accidents which are mainly concerned with speeding".

The judge said it had been an "appalling speed" and added: "I don't know what comes over some people to be travelling at such speed".

Bail was fixed for appeal in the sum of £500 and the defendant was given permission to drive.