Judge warns Donaghadee pensioner will be jailed if he 'flouts' Court Order again

Judge warns Donaghadee pensioner will be jailed if he 'flouts' Court Order again

A JUDGE warned a Donaghadee pensioner he didn't care if he was coming 73, "or 93", because if he takes to the road again whilst disqualified he will be going to jail.

District Judge Mark Hamill was speaking at Newtownards Magistrates Court to James McKenna (72), of Ashfield Court.

The defendant pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and using a Volkswagen Passat without insurance at Beechfield Drive in Donaghadee on August 25, 2020.

In relation to October 10, 2021, he admitted using a Skoda Octavia at Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast, without insurance; a driving licence offence and making a false declaration to obtain insurance.

Judge Hamill told the defendant: "I don't want to send you to prison for this. I am going to give you a suspended prison sentence for flouting a Court Order.

"The Court disqualified you from driving but you drive anyway. Do it again and I don't care if you are 73 or 93, you will go to prison."

The judge handed down a four months prison term, suspended for three years; banned the defendant from driving for a year and fined him £150. The pensioner will also have to be re-tested before getting back on the roads.