Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 13 October 2015

Hit-and-run driver given points and disqualified

By Deborah McAleese

Published 14/09/2012

An uninsured motorist who struck a pedestrian and drove off without stopping has been given six penalty points and disqualified from driving for six months.

When police arrived at the scene of the accident on the Doagh Road in Newtownabbey in February they found the pedestrian covered in blood with bad head injuries, Belfast Magistrates Court heard. When they later questioned the motorist, Paul Abraham, he said he had not seen the victim.

The 35-year-old, from Meadowbank, Carrickfergus, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failing to remain at the scene of an accident and having no insurance.

Abraham sat with his head in his hands as his lawyer told the court he is a “law-abiding man derailed by his marriage breaking up and the loss of his business”.

As well as the penalty points and driving ban, district judge Fiona Bagnall ordered Abraham to undertake nine months’ probation.

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