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Armagh man caught driving to pharmacy for sick child despite four-year ban

The 29-year-old was serving a four-year ban for drink-driving

A disqualified driver was stopped by police after he took his partner’s car to the pharmacy in order to collect medication for his sick child, a court has heard.

The 29-year-old, from the Charlemont area of Co Armagh appeared at Magistrates’ Court in the city on Tuesday, charged with driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

The incident took place at around 11.30am on the morning of July 28 last year on Dobbin Street, Armagh.

The court heard the defendant had previously been disqualified at Dungannon Magistrates’ Court on March 30, 2017 for four years on drink driving charges.

The defence counsel explained that he had been caring for his two children when one of them had fallen ill.

He had taken the car, which belonged to his partner, in order to obtain medication from the pharmacy.

District Judge Paul Copeland asked if the defence had any proof of prescription, but they conceded that none existed.

Judge Copeland stated that the 29-year-old had a significant record and would again be disqualified from driving.

The court also heard that if he were to re-offend, he would most certainly be going to prison.

Judge Copeland sentenced the defendant to five months in prison, suspended for two years and disqualified him from driving for one year with a fine of £500.

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