A pensioner with a clear record who reversed into a stationary vehicle at Larne Library before driving off has been brought to book by a judge who said: “It’s very unusual behaviour for a 71-year-old gentleman with a clear record”.
John Torbitt, of Regents Park in Larne, committed offences which were captured on CCTV on May 29 this year.
Ballymena Magistrates Court heard on Thursday the defendant claimed he panicked and drove off.
Defence solicitor Neal McAllister said the damage to the other vehicle was very low down and may not have been apparent to his client who had not got out of his own vehicle after the collision.
Added the solicitor: “He realises now he should have stopped”.
The lawyer said the matter had now been dealt with by insurance.
The defendant was not present in court but guilty pleas were entered to charges of driving without due care and attention and failing to report and remain at the scene of a damage-only accident.
The defendant was given six penalty points and fined £250.