Vehicle ended up on side during collision involving a man described as ‘not a boy racer as such’

Ballymena Magistrates Court

A vehicle ended up on its side after a Moorfields man (21) – who his solicitor said “is not a boy racer as such” – went to overtake a vehicle which was turning right across the Rathkeel Road at Broughshane.

Stuart McBurney (21), a coachbuilder, of Collin Road, pleaded guilty at Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday August 9 to driving without due care and attention on March 10 this year.

The other driver said they had been travelling slowly looking for a right hand turn with indicators on and the defendant approached from behind at speed and began overtaking.

A defence solicitor handed in references including from McBurney’s employer.

The lawyer said on the date in question his client had been out for the evening and was alone.

The solicitor added: “He is not a boy racer as such”.

The solicitor said that thankfully there were no serious injuries although the defendant had dislocated his wrist and after the accident is “now much more cautious”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he could give the defendant credit for a clear record and guilty plea and told McBurney he hoped he had “learnt your lesson”.

The judge said it appeared a combination of speed and inattention caused the accident and he added: “No doubt injuries were sustained by those in the other vehicle as well”.
McBurney was given nine penalty points and fined £300.

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