Kiwi lives in Australia for 22 years, still no licence
DESPITE living in Australia for 22 years, a Kiwi national had not bothered to get a driver's licence, much to the disapproval of a Gladstone magistrate who warned to stop his "foolish offending".
Harry Junior Maeva, 35, was busted driving when unlicensed, and possessing the drug amphetamine (speed) on July 18.
Maeva, a scaffolder and a father, could show the police only a NSW Proof of Age card and a New Zealand licence.
He pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to possession of a dangerous drug and driving unlicensed.
Prosecutor Snr Sgt Mark Gorton said Maeva told police he'd brought the "speed", saying it was "a one-off" and "pretty stupid".
Magistrate Penelope Hay quizzed Maeva on why he had not bothered to get a licence.
He said he had to wait six months after a drink-driving offence and had to pay off a state debt recovery.
"You are too old to carry on with this nonsense, Mr Maeva," the magistrate
"Would you find this behaviour acceptable in your children?" Ms Hay demanded.
"No, I wouldn't. I teach them never to drink and drive," Maeva replied.
"My boss has got me counselling for dramas, drink-driving, just personal
Maeva said his workplace drug-tested staff and Ms Hay said taking amphetamines was stupid as he risked losing his job.
"You've never held a licence, yet you continue to commit traffic offences," she said. "You're foolishly put your work at risk by taking amphetamine and continue driving when unlicensed."
Maeva was fined $600.