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Banned driver carried son on fuel tank of motorcycle

By Nevin Farrell

A Larne man who drove a miniature motorbike while allowing his son to sit on the petrol tank has been warned by a judge that if he is back in court he could be sent to prison.

Robert Campbell (39), of Old Glenarm Road, was spotted with his son on a 'mini-moto' at Coopers Lane in the centre of Larne at 7.30pm on July 8 last year, a prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday.

The prosecutor said the child - whose age was not disclosed - had a helmet on but was sitting on the petrol tank holding on to the handlebars, and Campbell, who was not wearing a helmet, was driving.

Defence barrister Aaron Thompson said it was a "very foolish, brazen, offence" which involved a miniature motorbike.

Campbell pleaded guilty to a number of offences including driving while disqualified, absence of insurance, failing to wear protective headgear, and carrying another person on a motorbike "otherwise than sitting astride the motor bicycle on a proper seat securely fitted behind the driver's seat".

He was given a four-month jail term suspended for two years, a two-year driving ban and was fined £150.

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