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Country music star Dominic Kirwan gets penalty points and a fine after pleading guilty to speeding

Country music star Dominic Kirwan has been handed six penalty points and fined £250 after he was caught speeding in Co Tyrone
Marie Louise McConville

COUNTRY music star Dominic Kirwan has been handed six penalty points and fined £250 after he pleaded guilty to speeding in Co Tyrone.

The 58-year-old, from Centenary Park in Omagh, appeared before Strabane Magistrates Court charged with one count of excess speed.

The court heard that the singer, who has a large fan base in Northern Ireland, was detected in the early hours of June 20 driving at more than twice the speed limit along Victoria Road, Ballymagorry.

The court heard that police recorded Kirwan travelling at 63mph in a 30mph zone.

Solicitor John Fox, who represented the singer, said his client had been driving for 41 years and had one previous conviction for speeding in 2004.

"He was returning home after a concert in Coleraine and managed to get the vehicle stopped at the point where the speed check was being performed so he was paying attention and there was no concern for the manner of his driving - apart from excess speed".

The solicitor added that said his client had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Having taken into account that there had been no other road users at the time of the offence and the singer's limited record, District Judge Michael Ranaghan endorsed the singer's licence with six penalty points and fined him £250, as well as a £15 offender's levy.

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