10 Aug 2022

Court hears Derry man caught speeding gave the name of his brother who had died the week previously

A man who was stopped by police for speeding gave police the name of his brother who had died the week previously. Adrian Hamilton (56) of Montgomery Close in Derry admitted driving with no insurance, speeding and no licence on April 27. The court heard that police stopped Hamilton for driving at 40 mph on a 30 mph zone. He gave police the details of his deceased brother. When police called to his home he said he had done it because his licence had expired. A defence barrister said her client was 'extremely apologetic' for his actions and has previous convictions for driving matters. District Judge Barney McElholm said that Hamilton had not 'dealt with this properly' so the fines would be higher. Hamilton was fined £550 and disqualified for nine months.

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