A DRINK driver who ignored the law and committed a hat-trick of traffic offences was told to thank his lawyer for keeping him from going to jail.
Alexander Neil Gow, 54, was represented by Chris Anderson in Gympie Magistrates Court for offences committed on March 19, 20 and 21.
Mr Anderson told the court his client had to leave his dog with his car on the side of the road near Nanango when he was taken into custody for drink driving.
When Gow returned the next day, his car was stolen so he purchased an unregistered vehicle for $500 to drive home.
The next day, when he made a complaint to Gympie police about his stolen car, they charged him with disqualified driving because he was on an automatic disqualification for 48 hours.
The court heard on March 21, Gow received news his dog was listed to be euthanized at Kingaroy RSPCA so he drove his unregistered car again while still disqualified. He was caught by Murgon police on his way.
Magistrate John Parker said he was quite prepared to send Gow to jail and asked Mr Anderson why he should suspend the sentence.
“A sentence suspended over a lengthy period of time would have a better effect than a period of imprisonment Your Honour,” Mr Anderson said.
“If you give my client the keys to the cell, he knows if he offends again he will spend time in jail.”
Mr Parker addressed Gow and told him only two things kept him from going to jail: the fact he hadn’t offended since 2002 and the “excellent submission” Mr Anderson made on his behalf.
“You should thank him for it because I was quite prepared to lock you up for some time,” he said.
Gow, of Endurance Avenue, Cooloola Cove, was fined $900 and disqualified for six months for the offence of March 19, fined $1000 and disqualified for two years for March 20 offences and sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for the next two years.