Banned driving duo with over 200 convictions between them are alleged to have been in car with false number plates in Ballymena

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Ballymena Courthouse

Two men who between them have over 200 convictions and who are currently the subject of driving bans were allegedly spotted in a vehicle in Ballymena which had false number plates.
They are Albert Donnelly (42), of Killane Park, Ahoghill and 28-year-old Gary Ryan Hill, whose has previously had addresses listed as Queen Street Ballymena and the Lighthouse hostel in the town.
Both men appeared before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday May 31 via video link from prison and were seeking to be released on bail.
A police officer objected to bail saying that at 2.45am on Monday May 28 police received a report of a disqualified driver being in the North Street area of Ballymena and they found Hill in the driver seat of a Volkswagen Passat and Donnelly in the front passenger seat.
Both were banned drivers and Donnelly’s bail conditions excluded him from being the front seat passenger of any vehicle.
The court heard CCTV showed both men had driven the vehicle at different times.
The officer said Donnelly ran off and was pursued.
The officer said Donnelly had 146 convictions including 58 traffic convictions and was currently on a three year driving ban and had recently been jailed for nine months but the matter was under appeal.
The court heard Hill had 84 convictions including 49 traffic offences and had been given a four year road ban in April this year.
The police officer alleged the men had shown a “blatant disregard” for the law including using “fake” registration plates.
Hill’s defence barrister Michael Smyth said Hill said he had only just bought the vehicle on Gumtree to sell on and he denied changing the number plates.
Mr Smyth said the car was taken a short distance from ‘The Lighthouse’ to McDonald’s which had been an “impulsive act”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said: “It makes you wonder why somebody with such a poor record was buying and selling cars”.
Both men face charges of driving while disqualified; absence of insurance and fraudulent use of a vehicle registration marks.
Donnelly is also accused of possessing counterfeit currency and resisting police.
The judge refused bail and both men were remanded in custody to appear back at court later in June.

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