Probation breach fine

A GYMPIE man appeared in the Magistrates Court on Monday to answer a charge of driving while disqualified by a court order.

The court heard Steven John Lane, 43, of Musgrave St, was driving along Main St, Kin Kin on November 19, 2011 when he came to the attention of police patrolling the area, who discovered Lane's licence was disqualified on December 15, 2008 until December 15, 2011.

"He decided to drive one month short of that disqualification period ending," police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns told the court.

Snr Const Manns sought a custodial sentence of one to three months, wholly suspended.

"Court orders are for a reason and to be abided by, no matter how unpleasant."

Because Lane's offence breached his probation, Corrective Services was involved in the case, obliged to hand up a report.

"This is the worst report I've ever read," Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said. "I can't see why it's so scant."

Duty solicitor Leanne Gordon said her client knew how foolish he'd been in driving and that he had responded positively for 35 months of the probation.

"He understands the consequences of having a suspended penalty hanging over his head; it will keep my client on the straight and narrow in the future."

Lane was sentenced to two months jail, suspended for two years; disqualified from driving for 40 months and fined $200 for breaching probation.

Gympie Times


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