Ten penalty points for motoring pleas

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Dromara man, who drove at speed into the back of another car, has had his licence endorsed with a total of ten penalty points.

The case of James Dixon, (30), of Eirford Park, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, November 17.

The court heard that on February 28 last year, officers received a report of a two vehicle road traffic collision on Ballynahinch Road, Dromara.

It was reported that the injured party was stopped waiting to turn into a junction when Dixon collided into the back of her vehicle at speed. A witness also confirmed to police that the defendant was driving at speed before braking quickly to try and avoid colliding with the complainant.

Furthermore, on April 1 this year, the defendant was driving on High Street, Lurgan, and checks showed that the vehicle was only insured by a female and not a male. Once spoken to, Dixon was unable to provide insurance.

In his defence, the court was told that the defendant “had an awful year in terms of personal circumstances” and that “his mind was in other places”. It was stated that he was driving the car to check for irregularities on April 1 for a very short distance.

District Judge Greg McCourt imposed a £200 fine and four penalty points for driving without due care and attention. The defendant was also fined £300 and had his licence endorsed with six penalty points for driving without insurance.

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