A DISQUALIFIED driver called back to prison after leading police on a 70mph chase in a stolen car was handed a 18-month sentence on Thursday.
Ryan Devlin, from Whitewell Road in Newtownabbey, was out on licence for robbery when he was arrested in October last year.
The 24-year-old drove a Seat Leon taken in an aggravated burglary along the Antrim Road in north Belfast and into the Whitewell area of Newtownabbey, all of which have 30mph limits.
Belfast Crown Court was told that the defendant had more than 30 previous convictions on his “appalling record”.
Judge Donna McColgan QC gave him a 30-month sentence, with the nine-month custodial element to begin immediately.
She said that had he not pleaded guilty and expressed remorse, he would have been handed a two-and-a-half-year sentence.
While Devlin will complete the custodial element of his term this year, he will remain in jail because of his previous crimes.
He pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including aggravated vehicle taking, disqualified driving and driving without insurance.