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Thursday 26 April 2018

'We all know tractors are about pulling power' - man 'looking for women' while driving tractor in city fined

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Court Reporter

An 18-year-old Donegal man who told police he was looking for women after he was stopped driving a tractor in Derry City Centre.

Anthony Breslin from Gortnaskea in Burnfoot, County Donegal, admitted having no L plates on his tractor on August 16.

District Judge Barney McElholm said: “This is Don Juan - I was going to say Derry Juan but that would not be correct. “

Defence solicitor Mr. Seamus Quigley said Breslin’s father had sent him to look for some cattle and after he had done that he had ‘taken the head staggers’ and gone to Derry to look for women.

The solicitor added: “We all know tractors are all about pulling power but this taking it to extremes. “

Breslin was fined £50.

A solicitor for the Public Prosecution Service told District Judge Michael Ranaghan last month that Breslin was seen driving the tractor around the city centre streets at Foyle Street, Shipquay Street, Ferryquay Street and Orchard Street just before midnight.

When stopped by police officers in Orchard Street Breslin told them he was "using it for social purposes in that he was driving around the city centre to see if there were any women about", the prosecutor had said.

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