Ballymena Court hears banned driver with arthritis claimed he took to road to get painkilling injection

A MAN claimed he took to the road whilst disqualified as he suffers from arthritis and had left painkilling injections in a fridge at work.

Derry Martin Weir (39), came to police attention on March 6 this year, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

The defendant admitted charges of driving whilst disqualified; using a vehicle without insurance; no MOT and a defective light.

A prosecutor said police observed an Audi at Uppertown Road, Raloo, with a defective brake light and the other offences then came to light.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said Weir was “nervous and scared” of being sent to prison.

He said the defendant was “very contrite”.

He said the defendant suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and takes painkilling injections which have to be refridgerated.

When the defendant got home he realised he had left the injection in work and “stupidly got into car” to return to get it, the court was told.

The court heard the car was seized by police.

The defendant, with an address at Browndod Road, Larne, was ordered to do 75 hours of Community Service; was banned from driving for six months and was fined £150.

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