Maghera motorist jailed for three months

Magherafelt Courthouse.
Magherafelt Courthouse.

A motorist with seven previous convictions for driving while disqualified, was jailed for three months at Magherafelt Magistrates Court.

Stephen Thomas Porter (30), of Hawthorne Park, Maghera, was also disqualified for four years and ordered to pay a £25 offenders levy.

He admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance on February 2.

Porter was released on bail pending an appeal against the penalties.

The court heard the offences came to light when police stopped defendant in a BMW car at Mullagh Road, Maghera, and enquiries showed he was a disqualified driver.

A defence lawyer said Porter accepted that his liberty was very much in jeopardy as result of the breaches.

However, he pointed out that the defendant had pleaded at the earliest opportunity and was employed in Scotland.

The lawyer asked the court to consider another means of disposal rather than a period of imprisonment.

Imposing the jail term, District Judge Alan White said people who get suspended sentences must expect to go to prison if they repeatedly offend.