Court order flouted

A MAN caught driving while disqualified less than two months after the original disqualification was handed down, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court last week.

Jacob Andrew Butcher pleaded guilty to driving without a licence disqualified.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court that at 3.15pm on Sunday, June 13 police saw a vehicle accelerate away from them and disappear from sight.

They followed the car and eventually intercepted it.

Butcher, who represented himself in court, said in his defence he did not accelerate away from the police and did not even know they were following him.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Butcher $1100 or 14 days in jail and disqualified him from driving for two years.

A conviction was recorded.

“You ignored my advice and the order of the court for your original disqualification,” Mr Carroll said.

 

A MAN who claimed he never received a fine and never received a suspension letter appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Thursday on a driving without a licence SPER suspended charge.

Paul William Essex pleaded guilty to the offence.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police intercepted Essex on Breslin Street for a random breath test at 8.30am on Tuesday, February 2.

It was then ascertained he did not have a licence due to the SPER suspension.

Chris Trevor and Associates defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman said her client had moved house and had arranged to have his mail redirected but never received either letter.

“My client has since paid the fine,” she said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Essex $350 and disqualified him from driving for one month.

A conviction was recorded.

    

A MAN who has never held a licence appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court as a repeat unlicensed offender.

Chris William Rankin pleaded guilty to driving without a licence repeat offender.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court police intercepted the 17-year-old at 5.15pm on June 3 on J. Hickey Drive.

He was convicted of the same offence six months earlier.

Magistrate Damian Carroll fined Rankin $450 or six days in jail and disqualified him for two months.

A conviction was recorded.



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