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Man caught speeding at 129mph on Northern Ireland road given three month driving ban

By Paul Higgins

A man caught at almost twice the motorway speed limit was banned from driving after a judge said the offence "fills me with absolute horror".

Imposing a three month disqualification along with a £500 fine, District Judge Liam McNally told Ryan Gourley he had been caught driving at "an appalling speed that's almost double the limit".

"The very thought of you hurtling along the M2 fills me with absolute horror," said the judge.

Gourley, from Tedburn Park in Belfast, had pleaded guilty to a single count of excess speed on 26 May this year.

A prosecuting lawyer told the court police on the M2 motorway had spotted the Mazda 6 sport travelling at 129mph in the 70 zone and had stopped Gourley.

His defence barrister conceded the speed had been "very high" but pleaded with the judge not to disqualify Gourley as ironically, he works as a driver and is in the process of buying s house so any loss of income "would have long lasting consequences."

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