Stephen Patrick Light, 41, whose address is listed on the court’s charge sheet, as in North Down, already had three penalty points on his license, the Balimina Magistrate’s Court heard.
A defense lawyer said it was a criminal request.
He added: “There were paramilitary threats and he was driven out of Bangor.”
Defendant said the defendants were living in County Antrim at the time “but I believe there were difficulties in obtaining a permanent address through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive”.
District Judge Nigel Broderick said “my goodness” when he saw that the defendant had 172 previous sentences.
“Despite its poor record, surprisingly, its last relevant entry is back in 2010,” he said.
The judge said the record was “cruel” and adjourned the case until mid-September to find out more.