Lambing season means 105mph farmer has ban restricted to one month

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A JUDGE said he normally considers banning anyone caught speeding at over 100mph for three months but he was prepared to limit a sheep farmer’s disqualification to a month because he needs to be able to drive during the lambing season.

District Judge Nigel Broderick was speaking at Ballymena Magistrates Court where Felix Mullan (57), of Cromore Road, Portstewart, pleaded guilty to a charge of excess speed.

He was detected doing 105mph in a Golf vehicle on the A26 dual carrriageway at Glarryford which is is a 70mph zone.

The offence happened on November 17 last year.

Defence barrister Michael Smyth said the defendant was on his way to an airport but “wasn’t running late” however there was a “degree of unfamiliarity” with the vehicle – his wife’s car – and he had been “distracted”.

The lawyer said the defendant keeps sheep and “it was an important time of the year”.

That was believed to be a reference to the lambing season.

Judge Broderick said he would take into account the importance of a licence for the farmer’s “livelihood” and banned him from the road for a month along with a £200 fine.

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