Professional footballer banned from driving

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A professional footballer from Derry who plays for Cliftonville has been disqualified from driving for 8 weeks after he accumulated 12 penalty points within a three year period.

David McDaid (24) 84, The Meadows in Derry was charged with breaching a traffic signal by going through a red light on December 29 last.

A defence barrister told the court that his client had already got 9 points on his licence.

He said that his car was essential to the footballer for travelling to matches in North Belfast.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that he could not take McDaid’s profession into account but could consider the fact that some of the points had almost expired when this offence occurred.

He disqualified McDaid for 8 weeks and added that ‘unfortunately this took him up to the end of the season.’

McDaid was also fined £100.