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a wheel idiot Drink driver banned for 15 years snapped brazenly out for a spin

Alexander Devenney (42) has been disqualified from driving a record 75 times


Alexander Devenney driving

Alexander Devenney driving

Alexander Devenney driving

This is Ulster’s most notorious drink driver Alexander Devenney back behind the wheel – despite being banned until 2032.

We caught the 42-year-old, who has been disqualified from driving a record 75 times, making a complete mockery of a 15-year ban imposed a couple of years ago.

In April we ran a story that Devenney was continuing to drive without a licence and without insurance but that hasn’t put him off continuing to do it.

Devenney, who lives at both Main Road, Portavogie, and Tobarcooran Avenue, Glengormley, was filmed driving down Glebe Road West in Glenormley this week.

Police have received dozens of complaints from people in Glengormley and Portavogie where he has been seen driving hundreds of times.

Locals are terrified Devenney – who has 322 convictions – will eventually kill someone as he has been caught drink driving repeatedly and he continues to do so, it has been claimed.

But it had somehow proved elusive for the PSNI to catch him in the act of driving – despite him doing it every day.

We gave it a go ourselves on Wednesday morning and after waiting for under an hour we got our man.

All we did was wait round the corner from the home he shares with his partner in Glengormley and sure enough he brazenly drove out, wearing a pair of sunglasses and seemingly without a care in the world.

One resident who told the Sunday World: “Alex is driving every day and the police have done nothing about it.

“It’s disgraceful because the people around Glengormley and the people in Portavogie, where he goes most weekends, are in danger from this man.

“Something more must be done to stop him driving. What will it take for the police and the courts to take firm action? Does he actually have to kill someone on the road?”

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We went to his Glengormley address on Wednesday night to ask him why he continued to drive while disqualified and without insurance.

He wasn’t in but his partner told us he was working and had no idea when he would return.

We left our number and asked him to contact us but he didn’t.

In April we published the first picture of the scourge of Ulster’s roads.

That was shortly after he’d been given a last chance to turn his life around when a judge at Downpatrick Crown Court decided not to send him to jail after he was caught driving while disqualified yet again.

He told the court he had started up a new business making garden furniture from pallets and had changed his ways so the judge gave him a 15-month suspended sentence and a further driving ban.

But Judge Geoffrey Miller made it clear if he’s caught driving again he was going to jail.

During that hearing three months ago, Judge Miller warned Devenney: “Be under no illusions that any breach of this order resulting in further conviction and these matters will be brought back before this court and these sentences will be activated consecutively.’’

He added: “Rarely in my experience have I come across a defendant with a longer record.”

However, the judge added that he hoped that through his business venture Devenney could “find a way forward by making a useful contribution to society without appearing on a regular basis before the courts’’.

Devenney had claimed he had started a business as ‘The Pallet Man’, making furniture out of discarded wooden pallets.


Alexander Devenney

Alexander Devenney

Alexander Devenney

Within a day of that claim the owner of the furniture company who Devenney said he was working for took to social media to say he’d never heard of Alexander Devenney!

One occasion when Devenney was caught blocked behind the wheel in Co Fermanagh, he tried to get the woman he was with to pretend she was driving and also asked cops to “turn a blind eye” because he “said he was disqualified from driving”.

During one hearing it emerged he had spent many years of his life behind bars and a police officer said he had “completely ignored his driving ban by getting into a car while drunk, blatantly drove with no regard for other road users and posed a risk to other drivers”.

Devenney’s last driving conviction came after police on patrol in Ballyhalbert last June ran checks on a Ford Ka that revealed the car was not insured and had a statutory off-road notice.

When officers spoke to the driver, he gave a false name and claimed he had trade insurance.

Further checks revealed his real identity and the fact that he was the subject of numerous driving disqualifications.

After he was cautioned the following day, Devenney gave his real name in a police interview, admitted he was banned from the roads and apologised.

The car the defendant was caught driving has since been sold and is now used in demolition derby racing.

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