Belfast Telegraph

Banned killer driver caught behind wheel

By Ashleigh McDonald

A man who was handed an eight-year sentence for killing his friend in a joyriding incident in 2006 has been back in court after he was caught behind the wheel.

Mark Page - who was banned from driving for 15 years and will be disqualified until 2023 - was caught in a car in Belfast last October.

Page (27), from Westland Drive in the city, was banned and jailed in November 2008 for a string of motoring offences including causing death by dangerous driving.

He killed his friend when he crashed a hijacked car into a police Land Rover following a high-speed chase across the north of the city.

Page, who was described in court as having a "delusional disorder", was back in the dock of Belfast Crown Court yesterday after being caught behind the wheel again.

A prosecutor said that on October 11 last year, Page was seen driving a green VW Bora on the Oldpark Road. The car was seen outside the home of his partner, with officers requesting their CCTV operatives to "keep an eye on the vehicle".

When the car was driven away from the house, police were alerted. After the vehicle was stopped by police, Page tried to reverse the car, but this was unsuccessful as a police vehicle was parked behind the Bora.

The prosecutor said that at the time, Page's partner was a front -seat passenger while her two children were in the back of the vehicle. He subsequently pleaded guilty to two offences arising from the incident - namely driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.

Revealing that Page had 16 previous convictions for motoring offences, the prosecutor said the most serious of these was a charge of causing death by dangerous driving following an incident in July 2006.

Page's defence barrister Richard McConkey said his client suffered from significant mental health issues.

Making Page the subject of a three-year probation order, Judge Stephen Fowler QC said: "He needs significant mental health support. He needs to engage with the community mental health team and he needs to engage with the community psychiatrict nurse."

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