Tony Martin

Suspended jail over licence

A REPEAT unlicensed driving offender has been warned in Gympie Magistrates Court that he could spend most of his life in jail for no good reason if he did not change his conduct.

Fernando Felipe Farias, 41 of Marsden, was caught driving at Chatsworth on July 22 the court was told. Police said Farias had not obtained a new licence after being disqualified many years ago.

"Since you were 17, you've probably spent about the same amount of time in jail as out," magistrate M. Baldwin said.

"If you were to repeat that last 25 years, you would have spent most of your time in jail." She sentenced him to two months jail, suspended for 12 months and disqualified him from driving for two months.

"In two months, you just need to get a licence," she said. "Get one for five years.

"You haven't had a licence for 21 years. Just jump through the hoops, get your licence and keep it," she said.

Gympie Times


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