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Man caught driving whilst disqualified handed 100 hours community service

A Portadown man who drove whilst disqualified has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Court heard the 36-year-old currently had a live suspended sentence for matters which occurred after the driving offence.

William Erroll Lennon, of River Way, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified and using a vehicle without insurance at Craigavon Magistrates’ on Friday.

It was heard that on June 7, at around 2.55pm, police had reason to stop the defendant driving a Renault Clio on Atkinson Avenue in Portadown.

Officers spoke to Lennon who admitted to being a disqualified driver and because of this was not insured to drive the car.

The defendant was cautioned, making no reply, before making full admissions during interview.

Defence counsel stated: “Mr Lennon appreciates the position that he finds himself in. On June 7 he made a very bad mistake and he appreciates, with hindsight, that he shouldn’t have driven.

“His partner was in something of a problem in which she was late picking up her son from school.”

He added: “I ask that your worship to give him one final chance.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “Mr Lennon these are serious offences, particularly given your record, but these were prior to the last entry on your record, therefore you are not in breach of the suspended sentences.”

Lennon was sentenced to an enhanced combination order, consisting of 100 hours of community service, and 18 months on probation.

In addition the defendant was also disqualified for 12 months until re-tested.

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