Kisses in court as Ballymena man is sentenced to ten months in prison

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Ballymena Court.

A MAN, who was under the influence of drugs when he drove dangerously through Ballymena in a bid to get away from police, kissed a woman in court as he was sentenced to ten months in jail.

Terence Dunlop (29), with an address at Cafe Lane in Ballymoney but who previously lived in Ballymena, was later freed on £500 bail pending an appeal.

He appeared before Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday November 15 for sentencing on charges including dangerous driving; absence of insurance; driving whilst disqualified; driving whilst unfit and failing to stop for police.

On August 20, 2017, he had driven dangerously on roads between and including Dunvale and Broughshane Road after failing to stop for police at Dunvale.

Defence barrister Stephen Law said another person present could not drive and his client had taken the wheel.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said it was an “atrocious piece of driving” and said Dunlop took to the road with a “concoction” of drugs in his system.

The defendant had 60 previous convictions and was in breach of suspended sentences.

When Dunlop was initially told he was being jailed for ten months and banned from the road for three years he kissed a woman in court before being led away.

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