Man fined £1,000 for speeding as judge tells Ballymena Court a 'rich man can pay more than somebody who is on benefits'

Man fined £1,000 for speeding as judge tells Ballymena Court a 'rich man can pay more than somebody who is on benefits'

A COLERAINE man caught doing 94mph in a BMW in a 60mph zone at Ballybogey Road near Ballymoney has been given three penalty points and fined £1,000.

Jamie Philip Graham (26), of Wheatfield Crescent, had the excess speed offence detected on June 18 this year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

A prosecutor said when cautioned for excess speed, the defendant told police: "That's fair enough".

Defence solicitor Briege Martin said the defendant had a clear licence.

She said keeping a driving licence was vital as he drives in the course of his work.

She supplied what she described as a "glowing reference" from the defendant's employer to the court.

District Judge Peter Magill said it was a "very high speed" and after asking and being told the defendant's income he said with "some considerable hesitation" he was not banning the defendant but was marking the "seriousness" of this with three penalty points and a £1,000 fine.

The judge told the court he asks about the income of defendants as a "rich man can pay a lot more than somebody who is on benefits".