Sick child reason to drive

A PROLIFIC disqualified driver who failed to heed a magistrate's warning not to get behind the wheel has been jailed and will not be to allowed to drive for more than 16 years.

Stanley Oscar Knowles, 41, faced court just two weeks ago for driving without a licence on July 12.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts, who warned Knowles not to drive without a licence, sentenced him to 10 months jail with immediate parole and disqualified him from driving for four years on top of five other bans, ranging from 2-3 years each.

But police prosecutor Senior Constable Fiona Ward told Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Friday the warning had little effect on Knowles, who was found driving again on Thursday.

"At 8.35pm...police intercepted a vehicle travelling south on Rosedale Rd," Snr Const Ward said.

"The defendant said he did not have his licence with him.

"Computer checks revealed his licence had been disqualified for four years in September.

Snr Const Ward said Knowles told the officers he had no emergent reason for driving the car, which was also unregistered.

"He said he just wanted to go home," she said.

 

Barrister Simon Burgess, who represented Knowles in September, said he was "very disappointed" to see his client back in court.

Mr Burgess said his client had chosen to drive after his partner called to tell him their young child was sick.

"He understands that doesn't amount to an emergency," he said.

"The only matter in his 2 favour is his early plea."

Mr Burgess said Knowles would lose his job with Woolworths as a result of being jailed.

"I do take the time to talk to people charged with disqualified driving...that doesn't seem to stop them and I'm not so surprised about that," Magistrate Jennifer Batts said.

"But sentences of imprisonment also don't seem to stop them - that does surprise me."

Ms Batts said jail was the only appropriate sentence for Knowles, who she sentenced to 10 months jail with parole eligibility on December 13.

Knowles was disqualified from driving for three years and six months on top of current bans totalling more than 16 years.



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