Disqualification confusion

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When he was caught driving while disqualified a man claimed he did not know he had been banned, Banbridge Magistrates Court heard last Thursday.

Thomas Creaney (29), Austin Drive, Tandragee, was fined £100 and banned for three months for driving while disqualified. He was also fined £100 and banned for three months for not having insurance.

The court heard that on February 17 this year at 5.40pm the defendant was seen driving on the Madden Road, Tandragee. It was discovered he was a disqualified driver who had been banned at Lisburn court the previous September for excess speed and not having a licence.

When interviewed by police he said he did not know he had been disqualified.

A barrister representing Creaney took the court through the defendant’s record and added that he instructed him that he had not known he had been banned.

He added that if he had attended at the other court the matter may have been dealt with in a different way and he may not have been disqualified.

District Judge, Mr Paul Copeland, said that this ‘just goes on and on’ and Creaney would face further disqualifications and maybe imprisonment if he doesn’t take an interest in matters.