Licence disqualified again

A MAN who had "about four or five absolute disqualifications" of his licence appeared in Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday to answer two charges of driving while disqualified by a court order.

David Haus Cielo Heidemann, 45, of Hall St, Gympie, who represented himself, tried to apply for a hardship licence but was not eligible.

Heidemann's legal representative Leanne Gordon told the court her client was under the belief the absolute disqualification was automatically lifted after five years and was not aware he needed to apply to have it lifted.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Heidemann had gone to New South Wales and applied for a licence.

Ms Gordon said it was a "clear case of misunderstanding" and that while "ignorance was no defence", when Heidemann was asked if he had a Queensland licence, "he quite correctly said he'd never had one".

"There is nothing I can do," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said, "It's mandatory two years disqualification. There's no provision for any hardship."

Snr Const Manns said Heidemann came to the attention of police when he was driving along Watson Rd on December 19, 2011 when he produced a NSW licence.

Police checks confirmed that licence had been suspended on May 1, 2011.

Heidemann came to the attention of police two days later when he was driving along Power Rd.

He was disqualified from driving for two years, placed on 18 months probation and sentenced to three months prison wholly suspended for two years.

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