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

admonished.

"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

issues."

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.



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