Banned van driver who crashed into bin lorry avoids jail

A man driving a Citroen Berlingo van despite being banned from the road who crashed into a stationary bin lorry has avoided jail.

Jack Carson (20), of Carnduff Park, Ballycastle, previously admitted driving without due care and attention at Hillside Road near Ballycastle on August 17 last year.

He also had pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified; absence of insurance and failing to report a damage only accident.

Coleraine Magistrates Court was told the defendant, who was in breach of two suspended sentences, “fled the scene”.

An earlier court heard defence barrister Thomas McKeever say his client had a “severe lack of consequential thinking”.

At the latest hearing, District Judge Peter King said he had read a probation report and also a report from an educational psychologist regarding the defendant.

Carson was put on Probation for a year and also has to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
He was banned from driving for two years.

The judge said that although suspended sentences were breached he was not activating them but altered the suspended period to run for another three years.

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