Man appears in court after video of child driving HGV appeared on social media

A Co Tyrone man has appeared in court charged with multiple motoring and cruelty offences, following an investigation into an incident last year when a video of a child driving a Scania HGV on the M1 motorway appeared on social media. The accused who is aged in his thirties cannot be named to protect the identity of both the child who was driving and another in the cab at the time. It has been confirmed both children are under 10 years of age.

The defendant is accused of cruelty to the children and permitting driving without an HGV licence or insurance. He is further charged with three counts of aiding and abetting dangerous driving, along with single counts of aiding and abetting driving while disqualified as well as permitting and causing no insurance. The defendant in his own right, also faces charges of dangerous driving and having no insurance.

The cruelty charges allege the accused wilfully exposed two children to unnecessary suffering or injury to health. A police sergeant from PSNI Traffic Branch told Dungannon Magistrates Court he believed he connect the accused to all charges. District Judge Michael Ranaghan remanded the defendant on continuing bail and listed the case for mention next month.

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