Driver cops another hit

A MAN driving a rental truck while moving house, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court last Thursday on a disqualified driving charge.

Nathan Lloyd Godfrey pleaded guilty to the charge.

Police Prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras said police intercepted Godfrey at 7.30am on April 26 on Ceri Court.

The defendant had been disqualified from driving on August 7, 2008 for two years.

Godfrey told police he knew he was disqualified but took over the driving from his partner who felt uncomfortable driving a truck.

The defendant had a history with two previous disqualifications and one unlicensed making this his third disqualification in four years.

Godfrey was sentenced to two months in prison, wholly suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for two and a half years. Magistrate Damian Carroll told Godfrey his history was "most unsatisfactory".

“You have contempt for court orders and if you come back you will go to jail,” Mr Carroll said.

Also , two friends appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on stealing charges.

Matthew Trevor Hartley and Scott Norman James Dare pleaded guilty to the offence.

Police Prosecutor Daubaras told the court on May 31 police received information about seven men acting suspiciously at Brian Hedley Used Cars.

The men were seen carrying and loading wheels onto a white utility. At 11.45pm police saw and intercepted the white utility.

Hartley told police he entered the car yard and saw the men carrying tyres and he was asked to help take them back to a residence. Dare told police he put a tyre into the utility from some spare tyres at the back of the car yard.

Duty Lawyer Brad Krebs said his clients were not the instigators but joined in due to peer pressure.

Both men returned to the car yard and apologised to Mr Hedley and the items were returned.

“My clients are both employed,” he said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll placed both men on good behaviour bonds for five months or forfeit $300.

“This was an act of stupidity and you should choose your friends in future,” Mr Carroll said.



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