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Belfast motorist breached driving ban 75 times, court hears

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man with 75 convictions for driving while disqualified has been banned from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle for 20 years as well as being jailed.

Alexander Devenney (36), who has 306 previous convictions, admitted a string of charges arising from two separate incidents in Carrickfergus in October, 2013 and February, 2014.

He was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drink driving.

Devenney, from Tobarcooran Avenue in Newtownabbey, was handed a 42-month sentence, half of which will be spent in custody, and the other half on supervised licence upon his release.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Devenney - who has spent most of his adult life in and out of jail because of driving offences - now considers himself to be "too long in the tooth for this type of thing" and hopes to better his life when he gets out of prison and start a career as a fitter.

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