A Ballymena Judge has told a drunk driver that he is “a menace and a danger to other road users.”
And to make sure the driver knew what he was saying, the Judge made sure it was interpreted fully to him.
The Judicial comment was made as the Judge passed a four-month prison sentence and three-year disqualification on convicted drunk driver, Jozef Siemenczuk.
Siemenczuk had pleaded guilty to a failing to provide a specimen and needed the help of an interpreter to understand what was being said to him.
Before sentence, the court heard Siemenczuk had been found by police in the driver’s seat of his car, with vomit on the door and also on the pavement, just outside.
Police described Siemenczuk as being unsteady on his feet and having glazed eyes.
The court also heard that Siemenczuk had 29 previous convictions, many of which were for motoring offences.
After hearing of his sentence, Siemenczuk immediately sought leave to appeal. Leave was granted and Siemenczuk was bailed until the appeal hearing but was not allowed to drive in the meantime.
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