Court hears three children – aged one, three and five – were not properly restrained in rear of car

Ballymena Court

THREE children – aged one, three and five – were not properly restrained in the rear of a car at Ballymena’s Larne Road Link and at court the driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for two months.

Dyanko Tonchev Kolev (29), of Douglas Terrace in the town, was also fined £325 at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He pleaded guilty to a number of offences including three charges of driving when there was ‘a child under the age of 12 years and under 135 cms in height without a proper child restraint in conformity with regulations’.

He also admitted absence of insurance for the BMW; being an unaccompanied L driver and absence of L plates.

The offences were detected on July 27 this year.

Defence solicitor Archie McCormick said the defendant had adopted a “somewhat cavalier attitude”.

The lawyer said the front passenger seat had been unoccupied and Kolev’s wife was in the back of the car with the children as it was felt she could “better supervise” them that way.

The defendant had a previously clear record but District Judge Nigel Broderick said in light of the details of the case there had to be a disqualification.

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