Northern Ireland

Judge sees 'worst driving record'

A Belfast judge said she has never seen a "worse record" as she sentenced a man for driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Crown Court Judge Gemma Loughran sentenced Samuel Nicholl (52) to 11 months, suspended for three years.

Nicholl is currently in prison and is due to be released from jail at the start of March having been jailed for similar offences in December.

His record contained 220 offences, with 133 for road traffic violations.

Nicholl, from Severn Street, Belfast, pleaded guilty to the charges.

Arrested in the car park of the Park Avenue in east Belfast, a police patrol had followed him as they had seen him trying to shield his face from them.

As well as the suspended jail term, Judge Loughran imposed six penalty points and a £250 fine, warning that "those who flout the law can expect prison sentences".