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Farmer hit 93mph ‘to help cow in distress’

A YOUNG farmer who was clocked speeding at over 90mph on the main Belfast Road claimed he was trying to get home to help with a distressed cow, a local court has heard. 
Michael Hall (20) of Kell Road, Fivemiletown pleaded guilty to speeding at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday. 
Police had detected him driving at 93mph on the 60mph A4 road near Maguiresbridge on July 6th last. As his speed was so high, the matter could not be dealt with by way of a fixed penalty notice. 
Defence solicitor Michelle McVeigh said Hall, who admitted speeding to police at the first opportunity, needed his licence to work on the family dairy farm, which has 250 head of cattle. 
She said that on the day he was detected Hall had been helping out another local farmer who was short staffed when he got a call that one of his family’s cows was in distress and he had to return to deal with it. 
Ms McVeigh said Hall accepted he was driving too fast. 
She added that he had been driving on a good, straight stretch of road and the conditions at the time were good. 
The solicitor added if Hall was disqualified it would have a devastating effect on the family farm and would have a significant impact on his insurance. 
District Judge Michael Ranaghan said while his speed was excessive he would not disqualify him on this occasion. 
Judge Ranaghan endorsed five penalty points on Hall’s licence and fined him £180. 

The man had claimed to be deaf and mute.

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