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A motorist jailed for seven months was told his drink-fuelled dangerous driving could easily have resulted in pedestrians being killed

A motorist jailed for seven months was told his drink-fuelled dangerous driving could easily have resulted in pedestrians being killed

A motorist jailed for seven months was told his drink-fuelled dangerous driving could easily have resulted in pedestrians being killed

A motorist jailed for seven months was told his drink-fuelled dangerous driving could easily have resulted in pedestrians being killed.

Mark Steenson was convicted of being behind the wheel during an incident on a north Belfast road in June. The 26-year-old warehouseman still denies he was driving the Renault Megane at the scene on Strathmore Park South.

But following an earlier contest he was found guilty of offences of dangerous driving and being over the limit.

No details of the incident were disclosed during yesterday's sentencing hearing at Belfast Magistrates Court. District Judge Amanda Henderson told Steenson, from the city's Limestone Road: "This could very easily have resulted in the death of innocent pedestrians. I consider these matters so serious there is only one penalty: immediate custody."

Steenson was ordered to serve four months in jail for the dangerous driving, and a further three months for driving with excess alcohol. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Judge Henderson granted bail pending a planned appeal against his conviction.

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