Car impounded after banned driver is caught on the roads

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

A 44-year-old man was given a suspended prison sentence last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court for driving while he was disqualified.

Frederick Byers, Killycomain Gardens, Portadown, was given four months in prison, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for three years.

A concurrent four month suspended term and three year ban were imposed for driving without insurance on November 3 this year.

The court heard the offences came to light when he was seen driving in Portadown and police knew he was a disqualified driver.

They followed him to his home address and he said ‘yea I know’ before admitting he was driving while disqualified.

Mr Richard Monteith, representing the defendant, said Byers had his car impounded. It was worth £1,000 so he had lost that.

He explained that his client had been fixing up the car and had been checking the brakes.

District Judge, Mrs Bernie Kelly, said she regarded the offences so serious there was only one penalty she could impose but she suspended the prison terms.