Another stint in jail for offender
TIME served in prison for an unlicensed driving offence didn’t stop a Gympie man from getting behind the wheel again, despite being disqualified from driving until 2013.
Nigel Lee Moore, 28, was sent back to jail last week for not one but two disqualified driving offences committed late last year.
The court heard Moore’s licence was disqualified in August 2008 for five years, however, Moore was caught riding a motorcycle on December 27 at Peachey. Then on November 10, he was caught driving a car while under the influence of alcohol in Nambour.
“He was fully aware he’s not to drive...given the fact that he’d served a period of imprisonment,” police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court. “A jail term is not excessive given his history... he’s been disqualified until 2013. After this he’s going to be disqualified for a very long time.”
In Moore’s defence over the second disqualified driving charge, solicitor Corey Jenkins said his client met a woman who had been living in her car and on the day Moore was charged, he had been taking the car to a mechanic.
Mr Jenkins said his client had been in a car accident in 2005, which impacted his cognitive thinking, and would benefit from probation since he had already been attending drug and alcohol counselling.
Gympie Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said her hands were tied, “I have to be guided by the penalties and sentencing act and the decision of the high court and the fact that you have served a prison sentence for similar offences.
“Five pages of history from the last decade and it goes on and on and on. From not wearing a helmet to driving while disqualified... from the very beginning you didn’t like the rules.
“I don’t know what more this court can say to you to make you understand the importance of sticking to the rules. It seems criminal to me people go to jail for stupidity and traffic offences, but more and more people are dying on our roads so...”
For the first offence, Moore was sentenced to six months jail to serve four with the balance suspended for two years and was disqualified from driving for four years.
For the second, Moore was sentenced to eight months in jail to be paroled after four months and disqualified from driving for five years. Moore was also sentenced to three months jail and disqualified from driving for two years for drink driving.