Man with 'atrocious' record was caught driving vehicle which was in a 'dangerous condition' in Ballymena

Man with 'atrocious' record was caught driving vehicle which was in a 'dangerous condition' in Ballymena

A MAN with an "atrocious" criminal record was caught driving a vehicle which was in a dangerous condition in Ballymena.

Neil Blaney (39), of Groves End Gardens, Coleraine, was detected in the Broughshane Road area of Ballymena in the early hours of February 15 last year.

When stopped, Blaney gave false details to police before eventually confirming his name.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the vehicle had a wheel nut missing and a broken suspension spring made it "unsafe to be driven on a public road".

The defendant was in court for sentencing on charges including using a vehicle in a dangerous condition; obstructing a police officer and licence and insurance offences.

Defence barrister Neil Moore accepted the defendant had an "invidious record" in relation to road traffic offending.

He said the defendant had bought a "low value vehicle".

He said Blaney is on a heroin substitute programme.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had an "atrocious criminal record" and said "the only glimmer of hope is this heroin treatment programme".

He imposed an interim driving ban but deferred sentence until next April to see if the defendant can continue on the drug substitute programme and also keep out of trouble.