Offender gets suspended jail term

A MECHANIC who repeatedly ignored driving and licence laws was sentenced to a six-month suspended jail term yesterday.

Steven Charles Pyke, 51, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court to driving without a licence.

The court heard that on May 8, 2010, at 10.20am, police located the defendant in a Nissan wagon on Mikkelsen Street at Avenell Heights.

Pyke was disqualified from driving in September 2009 and was ordered to serve two years of probation.

“This further offending, for whatever reason, was something you should never even have thought about for a single moment,” Magistrate Jennifer Batts told the defendant.

“You were not entitled to get behind the wheel which you must have known.”

Probation parole officer Greg McMahon said the defendant had a problem with re-offending.

“Mr Pyke's response to supervision has been satisfactory,” he said.

“The real issue is this re-offending.”

Ms Batts told the court the defendant had been given the benefit of a suspended sentence in the past which he did not breach.

He was re-sentenced for disqualified driving and given a three-month term of imprisonment.

For the 2010 offence, he was sentenced to six months in jail.

Both sentences were ordered to be served concurrently and immediately suspended. Pyke was fined $240 for the breach of probation.

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