Licence lost for big debt
A GYMPIE man who had his licence suspended by the State Penalties Enforcement Register because of an outstanding debt of $11,000 was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service for driving while disqualified.
Anthony Luke Simpson, 23, was driving a car that was stopped by police on Oak Street at around 7.30am on July 11.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Simpson was suspended from driving by SPER because of the thousands of dollars he owed in relation to criminal matters. She said a fine was not appropriate given the “incredible amount of money” he owed and handed up Simpson’s traffic history, which had 47 entries.
In Simpson’s defence, solicitor Gene Visini said his client was ordered to pay $8750 in restitution in 2007 and had been paying $60 a month until a mix-up with SPER led to the suspension and was now paying $40 a month.
“At the rate you’re going it will take you 23 years to pay off (your debt),” Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said and ordered Simpson, of Noosa Road, to complete 80 hours of community service. His licence was disqualified for three months.