Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Man jailed for driving hours after court ban

A man who was spotted by police driving a quad bike within hours of receiving suspended sentences at court for driving while disqualified has been jailed for 18 months.

Jailing 21-year-old Jason McMillan at Belfast Crown Court, Judge Alastair Devlin told him the fact that he drove in the afternoon having been in court that very morning was a “significant aggravating factor” in his view.

With a total of 56 criminal convictions, including 28 for road traffic offences, the judge told him he had acquired an “appalling record” which showed either “utter recklessness on his part or in the alternative, deliberate flouting of court orders”.

Earlier he heard that McMillan, from St Peter's Place in Belfast, was spotted by police on mobile patrol driving a blue quad bike on Lisfadden Place on September 1 last year.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court the officers knew McMillan was a disqualified driver but when cornered and ordered to turn the quad off, he instead told the officers to “f*** off” before speeding away.

Within minutes, however, police arrived at his door and spotted the quad bike parked outside.

McMillan, who has never held a driving licence, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, no insurance and careless driving.

Defence lawyer Martin Morgan said there was a “certain amount of lack of understanding” on McMillan's part about what exactly the driving ban, imposed just hours beforehand, actually meant.

Ordering that McMillan spend nine months in custody and banning him from the roads for five years, Judge Devlin said McMillan “did not manage to serve one day” of the previous disqualification.

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