Belfast Telegraph

Driver blames business difficulties for offences

A prominent Londonderry businessman who rebuilt his restaurant business after running into trading difficulties last year was yesterday fined a total of £345 and disqualified from driving for six months at the city’s Magistrates Court.

Louis Raphael McLoughlin (54), from Limavady Road, pleaded guilty to committing five motoring offences last year.

They included driving at 52mph in a 40mph zone, driving while using a mobile phone, driving without wearing a seatbelt and failing to produce his licence.

McLoughlin admitted committing the offences on consecutive days last September and last November in the Waterside and Cityside areas.

Defence solicitor Paddy MacDermott said McLoughlin, who had seven previous motoring convictions, committed the offences “at a time when he had problems and a lot on his mind due to business difficulties”.

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