Suspended jail term and driving ban for Ballymena man

A court heard a man won a “considerable sum” from bookmakers and bought a number of cars which have now all been taken from him and crushed, Ballymena Magistrates Court was told.

Monday, 14th June 2021, 8:59 am

Details emerged as Ryan Henry Stewart (33), of Drumtara, Ballymena, was sentenced on charges including driving without due care and attention; driving whilst disqualified; using a Volkswagen Golf without insurance and failing to stop, remain and report an accident.

A prosecutor said the Golf struck a lorry which was making a 4am delivery at the Maxol garage at North Road in Ballymena on September 1 last year.

The Golf reversed into the lorry and made off without stopping, causing damage to the bumper and power steering pump of the lorry.

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Enquiries led police to the defendant.

A defence barrister said Stewart should not have left the scene but others in the car “goaded him on”.

The lawyer added: “This is a situation where he won a considerable sum of money from a bookmakers and decided to purchase a number of cars. They have now all been taken from him and crushed”.

The defendant was given a five months prison term, suspended for three years; was banned from driving for a year and was fined £375.