'Significant damage' to vehicles after Newcastle motorist claims he was blinded by 'low lying sun'

'Significant damage' to vehicles after Newcastle motorist claims he was blinded by 'low lying sun'

SIGNIFICANT damage was caused after a Newcastle motorist, who had driven into the rear of a vehicle waiting to turn right, claimed he had not noticed it until the last moment because of the "low-lying sun".

Details emerged at Downpatrick Magistrates Court where a defence solicitor for David Irvine (38), of Slievecorragh Avenue, said the defendant admitted driving without due care and attention in relation to April 30 this year.

A prosecutor said police observed "significant damage" to two vehicles when they arrived at Dundrum Road near Dundrum.

A motorist told police she had stopped to turn right with her indicator on when the defendant crashed into the rear of her vehicle.

A defence lawyer said there had been a "sweeping bend" and the sun had been "very low lying" which meant the defendant "simply hasn't seen the other vehicle".

The lawyer said the amount of damage was due to the defendant only noticing the car and braking at the last moment.

He said the defendant had been driving for 20 years without penalty points and his licence was essential in connection with a new bakery business started by the Irvine and the defendant's wife.

District Judge Amanda Brady said there had been "pretty serious consequences" from the collision and imposed five penalty points and a £200 fine.