Community service for motorist after crash
A driver who lost control of his car on a left-hand bend causing a near head-on collision, was freed on 200 hours community service.
Belfast Recorder Judge David McFarland also handed a one-year driving ban to 26-year-old Christopher McNulty, of Landgarve Manor, Crumlin, who admitted causing grievious bodily injury by careless driving on September 11 last year. Prosecutor Simon Jenkins told Belfast Crown Court that McNulty was driving on Knockagh Road towards Newtownabbey when he entered a left-hand bend too fast and veered into the path of an on-coming vehicle.
While the driver escaped with whiplash-type injuries, his wife was hospitalised with fractures.
An examination of McNulty's Peugeot 407 revealed the vehicle's MOT was out of date, it had a bald tyre and a defective brake. Defence lawyer Steven Molloy said McNulty was on his way home from work on an unfamiliar road, when he came to a bend, considered a "black spot" and which he "entirely misjudged".