No licence cost rider dearly

A WOMAN who badly broke her arm while riding a trail bike to the end of her street to enter into bushland has appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court on three charges.

Stephanie Leigh Hunt pleaded guilty to driving without a licence, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Police prosecutor Constable Troy Daubaras told the court police were patrolling Hancock Drive at 5.15pm on July 17 when they came across a motorbike rider kneeling on the side of the road waving them down.

The rider had come off her bike and was injured. She was taken to hospital where police later interviewed her.

Even though she had a car licence, she did not have a bike licence and although she only rode a few metres on the road before entering bushland the bike was required to be registered for use on the road.

Defence solicitor Stacey O’Gorman said her client only rode the trail bike to the end of the street to get to the bush.

“She broke her arm so badly she had to get a metal plate inserted,” she said.

“She has learnt her lesson.”

The receptionist was fined $150 for unlicensed driving, $190 for unregistered and $400 for uninsured with convictions recorded.

Also a man who got upset when a hotel wouldn’t give him entry because he was with another man who was banned was charged in Gladstone Magistrates Court on a contravene direction charge. Olly Iva-Moemai pleaded guilty in writing.

It was alleged he was at the Port Curtis Hotel with his brother-in-law who was banned from the hotel.

Security refused entry to both men and an altercation broke out. Police arrived and told the defendant to move on but he refused. In his letter to the court Iva-Moemai said he was out celebrating with his brother-in-law and security banned him for no reason. Acting Magistrate Mark Morrow fined the defendant $90.



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