Banned driver returned to jail
A TWEED Coast man who was caught driving while disqualified has had his licence revoked until 2031 and will face six months jail before he is eligible for parole.
Anthony John Wright, 45, appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday charged with driving while disqualified.
He had also breached his bail from a previous offence in July, when he was caught driving while on parole from a previous jail sentence.
The court heard Wright had decided to drive to the Pottsville markets to sell strawberries on Sunday, August 21 when he was pulled over by police and arrested.
His defence lawyer said he was attempting to earn as much money as possible so he could move his three teenage children from his mother's property at Round Mountain to Tweed Heads where he would have easier access to public transport.
He said Wright's mother was able to drive him to his regular employment as a furniture removalist during the week.
Wright's defence acknowledged their client had a habit of paying little attention to court orders but he had co-operated with police on both of the two most recent arrests.
Court records showed Wright has a history of driving offences dating back to 1985, however the defence asked Magistrate Jeff Linden for leniency on the basis that Wright was not affected by alcohol while driving, as he had been in previous offences.
“He's a fool your honour, but I ask that you be lenient,” the defence said.
In handing down his sentence, Magistrate Linden acknowledged Wright had an absolute disregard for court orders and had a “shocking” record.
He said he had no choice but to order an 18-month term of imprisonment, beginning on August 21 when Wright was remanded in custody, with parole after six months. He ord- ered Wright's disqualifi- cation be extended to 2031.
Magistrate Linden said the lengthy disqualification was an unavoidable ruling that would unfortunately discourage Wright from ever attempting to hold a licence again.