Man with 'appalling' driving record receives eight months jail term and five year road ban at Antrim Magistrates Court

Man with 'appalling' driving record receives eight months jail term and five year road ban at Antrim Magistrates Court

A MAN with what a judge said was an "appalling" record for driving offences, has been given an eight months prison sentence and a five year road ban.

Artur Siemiemczki (44), of Warden Square, Ballymena, was detected driving whilst banned and without insurance at Market Road in the town on October 16, 2020.

The defendant was in breach of a suspended jail sentence.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said the defendant was "impulsive" and it had led to him to court.

He said the defendant is a car mechanic and the vehicle was not his but he had fixed brakes and was testing it.

At Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant's record included six convictions for driving whilst disqualified and nine for absence of insurance.

The judge said the defendant had previously been given a chance not to go prison.

Bail in the sum of £500 was fixed for appeal.