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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


A 26-year-old, who claimed his car was stolen that was later involved in a road traffic collision, has been told to stop “disregarding the law”.

The case of Barry Madden, of Spelga Park, Hilltown, Newry, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, November 17.

The court heard that on March 13 last year, police were tasked to a single vehicle road traffic collision at Moss Road, Waringstown. At the scene, they observed a vehicle overturned and a telegraph poll that was snapped.

A member of the public told officers they observed a male running from the scene towards Lurgan with a Jack Russell dog.

Checks showed the last keeper of the vehicle was Madden, and after going to his address, they noticed a Jack Russell dog at the property and all the descriptions by the witness matched.

However, Madden said that the car was stolen from his property and that he didn’t run away from the scene.

A subsequent blood test from the car’s airbag matched the DNA of the defendant.

In his defence, the court was told that Madden “foolishly denied the offences” and that he was fortunate not to cause serious injury or death by the collision. It was further stated by the solicitor that his client wants to attend the Community Addiction Team to continue his rehabilitation from alcohol and drug misuse.

District Judge Greg McCourt remarked that Madden had been before the court 69 times for an array of offences.

For the charges of driving without due care and attention and driving without insurance, Madden was imposed with 18 months probation and a six month disqualification.

For the charges of driving without L plates being displayed, failing to report a damage only accident and failing to stop at a damage only accident, the defendant was fined £50 for each offence.

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