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Man is fined for speeding on his way to go fishing

By Nevin Farrell

A fisherman twice caught speeding on the same stretch of road has been handed six penalty points and fined £120.

Brian Edward Harkins, from West Street, Ballycarry, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates' Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to speeding on Low Road, Islandmagee, last September and in January this year.

The 40-year-old, who is on benefits, was caught doing 43mph in a 30mph zone on the first occasion, and 37mph on the second. A third speeding charge was withdrawn.

A lawyer for Harkins admitted his client had been detected speeding at the same point on the road. The court heard he had been going to fish each time.

The lawyer claimed the defendant kept getting caught because he was not certain it was a 30mph zone as there had been a number of "queries about signage".

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