Newtownards man said he didn't need a solicitor to 'make excuses' for him

Newtownards man said he didn't need a solicitor to 'make excuses' for him

A NEWTOWNARDS man who has admitted driving whilst disqualified and without insurance at the town's Upper Movilla Street said he self-represented at court as he didn't need a solicitor to "make excuses" for him.

Lewis Sloan (50), a decorator, of Slievemore Avenue, was detected on November 19 last year.

He had previously been banned from the roads in August 2021 for six months for absence of insurance.

The defendant told Newtownards Magistrates Court he is a decorator and now relies on the "goodwill" of customers for transport or else he gets the bus.

District Judge Mark Hamill told him to "stick to the bus in the mean time" as he banned him from driving for six months.

He also gave the defendant a conditional discharge for two years and fined him £200.

The judge warned the defendant it could be a "never ending cycle if you keep flouting Orders" which could end in jail.

He told the defendant: "You haven't had, as you say, excuses made for you, not that there are many excuses you could make. If you get a Court Order again, abide by it."

  • Main picture: Newtownards Magistrates Court.