Judge says prospect of accident 'horrifying' as motorist caught doing 86mph in 40mph in County Antrim

Judge says prospect of accident 'horrifying' as motorist caught doing 86mph in 40mph in County Antrim

A JUDGE said the prospect of an accident after a motorist with a Newtownabbey address was caught doing 86mph in a Ford Ranger in a 40mph zone was "horrifying".

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne was speaking as Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, where he heard Maciej Masnicki (36), of Mount Pleasant Road, was detected at Stiles Way in Antrim town on June 1 this year.

Defence barrister Grant Powles said the defendant's speed had "crept up" on the way home from work.

Judge Browne said: "The 40mph speed limit is there for a reason because it is more built up and there is more traffic.

"The prospects of what could have happened if there had been an accident are horrifying at that speed".

Imposing six penalty points along with a £300 fine, the judge added: "If he values his licence he will slow down".