'We're all going back to the bad old days,' says judge
A judge in Derry warned about "going back to the bad old days" as he dealt with the case of a haulier from the Republic.
District Judge Barney McElholm made the comment in the case of a Donegal haulier who was caught transporting goods last year without the proper EU documentation.
The lorry belonged to Thomas Robb (63) from Raphoe in Co Donegal.
His lorry was stopped by enforcement officers as it was being driven through the village of Newbuildings on the outskirts of Derry last June 3.
Mr Robb admitted a charge of conducting international carriage in contravention of EU licensing regulations.
Defence barrister Nicola Rountree said the defendant had purchased the Volvo lorry three months before he was stopped in Newbuildings.
She said normally the lorry was only a spare vehicle but because his business on the day was so busy, the defendant took a chance. Ms Rountree said the lorry was properly registered weeks after the incident.
The defence barrister said Mr Robb simply forgot to register the lorry in the Republic of Ireland.
Imposing a £300 (€347) fine, the District Judge told the defendant: "Heaven only knows what they will do with you in a few years' time when we will all go back to the bad old days."