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UK News Four-year sentence for Belfast man who crashed into mother and baby at speed

12:30  25 october  2019
12:30  25 october  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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A Belfast man has been handed a four-year sentence after he hit a car with a baby on board at high speed hurling the vehicle onto its roof.

Ciaran Ferguson, 24, of Oldpark Road in the north of the city, pleaded guilty to a total of 12 charges which included causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage.

He further admitted offences of driving whilst disqualified, driving whilst unfit and having no insurance.

Prosecution barrister James Johnston told Belfast Crown Court that on the evening of July 3, 2018, Ferguson was the driver of a black Audi 1 car which had been stolen two days earlier.

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After a tip-off from Ferguson's mother, police spotted the vehicle on the busy Crumlin Road in North Belfast and pursued the Audi which was travelling at speeds of up 89mph in a 30mph zone.

Mr Johnston added the car failed to stop for police, jumped a red light, clipped several cars before striking a Renault Megane car near the Ardoyne shops.

Mr Johnston told Judge Kevin Finnegan QC that the impact of the collision forced the Megane into a nearby property, destroying a wall, smashing windows and "narrowly missing a resident standing in the front garden".

The Audi continued at speed and struck another car carrying a man and a seven-month-old baby, "flipping the car onto its roof".

Mr Johnston said: "The wife of the man was travelling directly behind and thought her husband and child had been killed."

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Fortunately, added the prosecutor, the child suffered only bruising, while the driver of the Megane sustained serious injuries to his spleen and liver.

Mr Johnston said: "It was a miracle that people were not killed in this incident."

Defence barrister Barry Gibson said: "It is fortunate for him that nobody was killed as a result of his driving and his behaviour that evening. He is very remorseful for what happened."

Judge Finnegan told Ferguson he would spend two years in custody and two years on licence on his release from jail.

He added: "You have good people standing by you like your family and your partner. When you get out of jail don't do any more damage to them."


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The court heard that Connors drove in-front of police with his daughter and newborn grand-daughter unsafely seated in the car just outside his place of residence. Officers followed the vehicle and signalled for the driver to stop, but he failed to do so. A stinger device was later deployed towards the tyres of the car, but it drove on towards Upper Dromore Road colliding with a VW Golf, the Mini spun across the road and mounted the pavement before striking the police car. Pedestrians were also in the area at the time.

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