After making a video while he was driving a 36-year-old went to police and effectively ‘put his own head in the noose’, Craigavon Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday.
James Montgomery, Glenwood Close, Annaghmore, was fined £120 for driving without due care and attention at Carn Road on October 17 last year.
He was also given five penalty points and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy.
The court heard that on October 18 the defendant made a statement to police that the day before while driving to work he recognised the car in front of him which belonged to the estranged husband of his sister-in-law.
He said he observed rubbish being thrown from the car and he made a video of this. A copy of the footage was seized by police.
When he was later cautioned for the offence Montgomery admitted holding the phone in his hand while driving.
A barrister representing the defendant said if it was not for him contacting the police he would not have been discovered.
He explained there were issues between Montgomery and the person driving in front of him. He made a foolish decision to record what was happening.
The solicitor added that his client had never been in court before and he felt ‘nervous and ashamed’ but the offence was at the lower end of the scale.
He said that Montgomery was not enjoying his day in court and had managed to incriminate himself.
District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, told the defendant ‘you put your own neck in the noose’ but using a phone to take a video while driving would attract more than the minimum points.