"Paper issue" leads to court appearance

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A motorist has pleaded guilty to a single count of excess speed.

The case of Declan Coleman, (27), of The Hollows, Lurgan, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, June 8.

The court heard that on October 29 last year, police were conducting a speed check on the Gilford Road, Lurgan.

The road is restricted to 30mph but officers detected the defendant driving at 48mph – 18mph in excess of the limit.

Coleman was issued with a fixed penalty notice and a £60 fine but when he surrendered his licence to the fixed penalty unit, there was a separate offence so further points had to be added and it was reported to the PPS.

In his defence, the court was told that there was “a paper issue” when he went to pay his fine and that he was speeding on the day in question as he was returning home from a day’s work to see his partner and three young children.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £150 fine and endorsed Coleman’s licence with three penalty points.

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