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Mother was banned from driving when son knocked down

 Adam Gilmour was hit on Loughill Road outside Cloughmills, Co Antrim in November 2014 

A MOTHER whose eight-year-old son was killed as he walked to get a school bus has said he would not have died if she had not been banned from driving.

Adam Gilmour was hit on Loughill Road outside Cloughmills, Co Antrim in November 2014. He was with his mother and five siblings at the time.

Two months earlier, his mother Sarah Hanna (34), of Loughill Road, had been caught driving while banned.

She later admitted driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and taking her mother's car without permission on Main Street in Cloughmills on September 4, 2014.

On Friday, a judge at Coleraine Magistrates' Court banned her from driving for one year and handed her a suspended three-month jail term.

He offered Ms Hanna the court's sympathy for Adam's death, but added: "I trust that I never see you in court again."

Speaking outside the court, Ms Hanna said "Adam wouldn't have been killed" if she had not been banned from driving.

"I would have taken them in the car, I wouldn't have walked down that road," she said.

A month before Adam's death, Ms Hanna had asked the education board in the area to provide transport for her children, saying she was concerned they would be hit by a car.

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