15 months for serial driving offender
A driver with almost 100 driving convictions has been jailed for 15 months and banned for a further five years.
Anthony Fitzgerald Harmon (34), who appeared at Belfast Crown Court yesterday, also has a criminal record containing some 163 convictions, including close to 100 for driving.
Belfast Crown Court Judge Gordon Kerr QC told him he had an "horrendous record" and ordered him to spend seven months in jail and the rest on licence.
Earlier he heard how police on mobile patrol spotted Harmon driving a Seat Leon car on November 9 last year.
The court was told that Harmon had been banned from the roads for 12 years in 2001, with further bans in subsequent years.
Harmon, from Southwell Street in Belfast, was arrested, interviewed and pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance.
Harmon's lawyer said his client knew he was going to jail, "the only issue is for how long". But the court was also told Harmon had been beaten and shot by paramilitaries on occasions in the past.