Fined for ‘horrendous’ driving offences

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A Co. Donegal man who drunkenly drove around Derry’s streets and refused to stop for police has been fined £1,300.

Bikani Sikwela, who is originally from Zimbabwe but now lives in Muff, pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences committed on December 1.

They include dangerous driving, driving whilst unfit and having no insurance.

Derry Magistrates Court was told the 29-year-old was seen weaving through two lanes of traffic in the early hours of the morning.

Police followed his car as it made its way along the Buncrana and Strand Roads and signalled for it to stop.

He continued to weave in and out of traffic and eventually came to a stop.

However, when police got out of their vehicle to speak with him, the 29-year-old drove off again.

Sikwela overtook another vehicle at a set of traffic lights and eventually stopped his car on the wrong side of the road and ran off.

The police caught up with him a short time later and carried out a breath test, which showed Sikwela was almost three times over the legal drink drive limit.

During police interview, the 29-year-old accepted his driving wasn’t safe but claimed it was “wreckless” rather than dangerous.

Defence solicitor Dermot Downey said the facts of the case “make for horrendous reading”.

He said that his client was in a “mad panic” when he saw the police and “thankfully there was no collision”.

Fining Sikwela, District Judge Barney McElholm said it was “very lucky that someone wasn’t injured”.

He also disqaulified the 29-year-old from driving for three years.