THURSDAY was a “bitter sweet day” for an 18-year-old who achieved his predicted three A’s in his A Levels but separately he was given three penalty points and a £120 fine at Ballymena Magistrates Court for exceeding his 45mph driving restriction by doing 75mph near the Clough off-slip on the Frosses Road.
Police spotted On Chun had an ‘R’ plate in his car and was 30mph in excess of the speed he was permitted to drive at.
He was at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf and his defence lawyer told the court, sitting in Antrim, it was a 1.6 diesel model.
The lawyer said to District Judge Peter King: “You are not dealing with a boy racer in any shape or form”.
The lawyer said the defendant had taken the charge seriously and wished to plead guilty and wished to apologise to the court.
The speed offence came to light on February 21 this year.
The lawyer said the defendant had been driving from Belfast to Portrush with his girlfriend and said that after sticking to the restricted speed it seemed he was “inconveniencing some rather ignorant drivers” behind him and his speed had crept up.
The lawyer said the defendant, of Millbank, Bangor, had just finished Methodist College in Belfast and is going to University of Bath next month to study Business Studies.
The defendant, the lawyer told the court, also works in his father’s “successful restaurant” in Belfast city centre.