Magistrate 'struck dumb' by offender's traffic history

TEARS flowed in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday as the loved ones of Gympie man Keith Martin Wilson, heard the 34-year-old would remain behind bars for 12 more months.

Appearing via video link from prison, the repeat offender faced 13 charges, made up of eight counts of breaching bail and contravening a police direction, four drug-related charges and driving unlicensed at Gunalda on April 24.

The driving charge had Magistrate M. Baldwin lost for words when the case came before her.

"I'm struck dumb," she said.

"Yours is the worst traffic history I've ever seen."

The baffled magistrate questioned how a man who had never held a licence could let things get so out of hand. She said if anyone came before her with the same charges they would be walking away with probation, but his unenviable history over a "piece of plastic" was undoing him.

"It's just almost unbelievable; but there's no option for me," she said.

The driver was jailed for three years and three months, with a parole eligibility date of August 30, next year. He was disqualified from getting a licence for five years and fined $400 for drug charges.

The remorseful offender said he never held a licence because he was illiterate and could not sit the driving test.

"There's a lot of regrets in my life," he said.

Reflecting on a previous court visit he told the magistrate: "You told me, your honour, that I hold the key to my own jail cell and I do."

Gympie Times


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