Driver gets jail after snubbing licence disqualification

MITCHELL James Lennon snubbed a court disqualification and drove.

He has done it before but this time his illegal driving and snub of court orders landed him in a jail cell.

Lennon pleaded guilty in Gladstone Magistrates Court to driving when disqualified by a court order on November 8; and three counts of breaching a bail condition.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said Lennon had prior offences for driving when disqualified in both NSW and Queensland.

He said Lennon was disqualified by a Gladstone magistrate in January 2015 and received a suspended three month jail sentence for 18 months and a two year disqualification.

Sgt Stevens said when police stopped a ute Lennon was driving for an RBT on November 8 he admitted being disqualified but was going out to buy fuel and food.

He had also breached bail by not reporting to the Gladstone Police Station.

Duty lawyer Bill McMillan said Lennon had been in a depressed state since his marriage break-up and realised the seriousness of his offending.

"Sometimes temptation gets in the way of commonsense," Mr McMillan said.

Magistrate Penelope Hay said Lennon had shown a repeated disregard for court orders and it was appropriate he be sentenced to six months jail which would be suspended for two years. He was ordered to serve two months of the three months jail for the previous offence.



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