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Tassagh man in court for ‘catalogue of persistent offending’

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A Tassagh man has been disqualified from driving after a “catalogue of persistent offending”, a court has heard.

Christopher McCullagh, 26, of Killyfaddy Road, appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ on Tuesday charged with ignoring a traffic sign, two counts of obstructing police, two counts of driving without a licence, two counts of failing to produce the licence and two counts of no insurance and failing to produce a policy.

The first incident occurred at 12.55 am on April 22, last year, when police stopped the defendant on Abbey Street, Armagh, after the car was flagged as having no insurance.

When stopped McCullagh gave police false details, namely his date of birth and address.

The second incident took place a few weeks later, on May 4, when the defendant was stopped by police driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Defence counsel explained the obstruction charge was down to McCullagh’s “foolish” action of giving the wrong details.

They added that he later gave a full admission to the charges.

Court heard that the defendant was a builder who had spent the last four years in Australia and Canada.

It was also heard that he had recently returned to Armagh to settle down.

The defence asked District Judge Paul Copeland to minimise any ban as to maximise McCullagh’s chance of keeping his current employment which was in construction in Belfast.

Judge Copeland disqualified the defendant for six months for what he described as a “catalogue of persistent offending”.

McCullagh was also ordered to a fine of £50 on each offence, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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