Judge tells motorist: ‘It doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you are disqualified you don’t drive’

Ballymena Court

A JUDGE has told a banned motorist caught behind the wheel twice within a week that “it doesn’t take a genius to work out that if you are disqualified you don’t drive”.

Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne was speaking to Oliver Lamont-Kane (50), of Parkfield Road near Ahoghill, who had offences detected at Galgorm Road, Ahoghill, in May this year.

She appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Police viewed CCTV which showed the defendant getting groceries on one occasion and on the other date she purchased fuel.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant was under a suspended jail sentence for a previous driving whilst disqualified offence before the current offences were dealt with.

“Clearly what happened at court had not been fully realised,” he said.

Mr Smyth said the defendant lived in a rural area and Ahoghill was the closest place to get groceries.

He said Lamont-Kane hoped to re-locate from the countryside and had sold her vehicle.

Judge Browne said the defendant had a “concerning lack of insight” regarding the offending but rather than send her to jail he was putting her on Probation in the hope that could be rectified.

He warned her that a repeat would “not be tolerated” and added: “If you do this again you will go straight to prison”.

The defendant was also banned from driving for three years.

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