Damage to hospital worker’s vehicle leads to motoring offences being detected

A general view of Antrim Area Hospital. The defendant was disorderly there. Picture: Ballymena Daily.

DAMAGE to a worker’s vehicle parked at Antrim Area Hospital led to a health employee being detected for using a Vauxhall Astra without insurance or MOT, Ballymena Magistrates Court heard.

Lesley Johnston (43) had the offences detected on November 13 last year.

A prosecutor said police received a report of a damage-only road traffic accident from a woman who owned a Hyundai vehicle.

The court heard the collision was suspected of having occurred in a car park at Antrim Area Hospital whilst the car owner was working on a night shift.

The prosecutor said the woman had taken a picture of her vehicle before she went into work because there had been a vehicle which was “parked badly” and was over the white line of the bay in which her vehicle was parked.

When the woman returned at the end of her shift she saw damage to her car.

The matter was reported to the PSNI and when police spoke to the defendant it then emerged there was no insurance, tax or MOT on Lesley Johnston’s vehicle.

Defence solicitor Kevin MacAllister said the defendant had worked as a support worker in the Adult Care Centre at Antrim Area Hospital but is now in Moyle Hospital in Larne.

The lawyer said the defendant was interviewed by police due to a suspicion that a collision had occurred but no prosecution was directed.

He said the MOT and insurance were normally looked after by another person but they had both lapsed.

However, that was quickly rectified, he added.

The defendant, of Walnut Green in Larne, was given six penalty points and was fined £250.

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