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‘Inexperience’ blamed for man who drove at high speed round bend in front of police

Court told defendant had only passed his test in December

Craigavon Courthouse

A Lurgan man who drove a van at high speed around a bend right in front of police has been handed three penalty points.

The 28-year-old’s legal representative put the offence down to “inexperience”.

Kieran Nelson, of Bay View Park, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Court heard that on May 23, at around 6.25pm, police on patrol on the Derrymore Road, Lurgan, observed the defendant driving a van come towards them at high speed around a bend.

Officers noted the vehicle crossed the white lines as it navigated the turn in the road.

When cautioned Nelson acknowledged that he had crossed onto the other side of the road as he went around the bend.

Defence counsel informed the court that the defendant had passed his test in December of last year and put the offence down to “inexperience”.

He added that Nelson had learned to “be more careful”.

Court heard the defendant had three children who did not live with him and required his licence for his employment as a labourer.

Nelson was handed three penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £100, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within six weeks.

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