Family bereavement meant man was speeding to get home ahead of roads being shut during North West 200 week

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A man with an address on the course of the North West 200 motorcycle races was speeding to try to get home because of a family bereavement before the roads closed for racing, a court heard on Thursday.

Robert Scott Walton (39), of Atlantic Road between Coleraine and Portrush, was detected doing 91mph in a 60mph zone at the Frosses Road near Ballymoney at 4.30pm on Thursday May 17 this year.

The defendant, who works in England, was not believed to have been present at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday, where a defence lawyer entered a guilty plea to an excess speed charge.

The lawyer said the defendant was a “respectable” man with a good career and on the date in question was returning home following a family bereavement and trying to “beat” road closures associated with the North West 200 road races.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was a high speed and imposed five penalty points and a £200 fine.

The North West 200 attracts ten of thousands of fans and takes place on public roads which close on a number of occasions on race week in May each year.

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