Boyne war veteran's 4WD seized

A WAR veteran suffering a post-traumatic stress disorder lost his Toyota when police seized the 4WD after arresting him for driving while under court disqualification.

It's been a bad run for Tony Landers, 36, with the Boyne Island resident repeatedly before the Gladstone Magistrates Court on drug and driving offences in the past year.

The former soldier served in Afghanistan and pleaded guilty to driving unlicensed on January 4 when disqualified by court order.

It’s been a bad run for veteran Tony Landers, 36.
It’s been a bad run for veteran Tony Landers, 36.

Yesterday, magistrate Jeffrey Clarke was told Landers woke up to find his wife not home and worried drove to shops to buy phone credit and food for his children.

The offence came just months after Landers was disqualified from driving by a magistrate who told him he had "an awful record" of driving offences, asking if he knew where his speedo was.

In that matter he was caught driving when suspended, had twice refused to stop, and did a fuel drive-off.

And those offences happened some months after Landers went before court on drug charges after being arrested with ice.

He spent time in custody, the offences blamed on stress and trauma of fighting in Afghanistan.

Landers said a small business he and his wife were running had been doing well until he lost his vehicle.

It was impounded and forfeited to Queensland Police.

"It's indeed sad to see you back here. Very disappointing that through your actions you have lost your ability to earn your livelihood," Mr Clarke said.

"Actions do have consequences. It's very important to take stock of things and think before you act."

Mr Clarke praised Landers as a man who served his country and was suffering health effects from that.

He took the financial loss of his Toyota into account in the sentence, convicting and fining Landers $250.

Landers was disqualified from driving for another two years - added to his prior disqualification.



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