Judge: “You have chosen to completely ignore the law"

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter



A Judge has told a defendant that his “disregard for the law” left her with no other option but to send him to jail – pending appeal.

The case of Stephen Ian Wilson, (33), of Old Mill Manor, Laurelvale, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, June 8.

The court heard that on September 8 last year, police observed a vehicle being driven on the Granville Road, Portadown, and the driver was the defendant who was known to officers as being a disqualified driver.

A check on the police system showed that Wilson was disqualified from driving at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on 27 July last year for a period of six months.

He was cautioned for driving whilst disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

In his defence, the court was told that Wilson has worked well with Community Addictions Team in recent months and that he has completed their opium programme.

It was added that the defendant has no further charges against him and that he admitted his guilt at the earlier opportunity, as well as having no access to a vehicle.

District Judge Bernie Kelly told the defendant: “You have chosen to completely ignore the law. Not only do you consistently and persistently drive without insurance, but on this occasion you did so in the face of a ban.

“Your explanation in the pre-sentence report shows an absolute, a complete and total disregard of any laws as applied to you.”

The Judge imposed a three month custodial sentence for no insurance and a five month custodial sentence for driving whilst disqualified to run concurrently with each other.

The defendant was also disqualified for 12 months for each offence, with the Judge ordering the forfeiture of the vehicle in question but this will not apply if the car has genuinely been sold or scrapped.

Wilson expressed his desire to appeal the conviction and was released on his own bail of £500 with conditions.

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