Father-of-two is jailed for motoring offences

Laganside Courts
Laganside Courts

A father-of-two who has 75 convictions for driving whilst disqualified was on Thursday banned from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle for 20 years and jailed for committed further motoring offences.

Alexander Devenney, 36, from Tobarcooran Avenue in Newtownabbey, admitted a string of charges arising from two separate incidents on roads in Carrickfergus in October 2013 and February 2014.

He was handed a 42-month sentence, half of which will be spent in custody with the remaining 21 months spent on supervised licence upon his release.

Belfast Crown Court heard that Devenney - who has spent most of his adult life in and out of jail due to driving offences and who has 306 previous convictions - now considers himself to be “too long in the tooth for this type of thing” and hopes to better his life when he gets out of prison.

A Crown prosecutor said the first set of offences occurred on October 16, 2013, when Devenney was involved in a collision on the Woodburn Road in Carrickfergus. Following the collision, he was subsequently charged with dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

The second incident occurred in the Middle Road area of Carrickfergus on February 19 last year. On this occasion, police stopped a Vauxhall Astra being driven by Devenney. Officers noticed the smell of alcohol and he failed a roadside breath test.

He was arrested and, whilst at the police station, he refused to provide a breath sample.

He did, however, admit his guilt regarding the driving offences both on that day and also on October 16,2013.

Defence solicitor Gavin Graham told the court that he “readily admitted” his client’s criminal record was “appalling”.