Northern Ireland

Anthony Fitzgerald Harmon jailed for driving while banned

A banned driver with almost 100 driving convictions has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.

Anthony Fitzgerald Harmon, 34, of Southwell Street, Belfast will spend seven months in jail and the rest on supervised licence after being spotted driving while banned.

The judge said Harmon had a "horrendous record" of 163 convictions, including close to 100 for driving offences.

Harmon was banned from driving for a further five years.

A police patrol spotted Harmon driving a Seat Leon car on 9 November 2012.

He had been banned from the roads for 12 years in 2001 with further numerous bans put in place since.

Harmon was arrested, interviewed and later pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance.

Defence counsel said that over the years, Harmon had been repeatedly beaten and shot by paramilitary groups.