Henry’s fi­nal chance

Isis Town and Country - - News -

HENRY Hous­ton John­ston was granted a fi­nal chance af­ter he faced Childers Mag­is­trates Court last Fri­day.

John­ston ap­peared in court be­cause he had been picked up for drink-driv­ing at Nam­bour on Fe­bru­ary 18.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Constable Hay­ley Glover told the court John­ston reg­is­tered 0.169 af­ter his Holden Com­modore was pulled over at about 5.20pm.

It was the lat­est in long his­tory of traf­fic of­fences which in­cluded pre­vi­ous drink-driv­ing charges.

When asked by mag­is­trate John Smith why he con­tin­ued to re­of­fend, John­ston said he had a prob­lem.

“What are you do­ing about it?” Mr Smith asked. “Why shouldn’t I send you to jail?”

John­ston said he was tak­ing med­i­ca­tion to ad­dress the prob­lem, but had stopped treat­ment as he waited for neck surgery in Bris­bane.

“It was set for Jan­uary 5,” John­ston said, adding it was post­poned.

“You can’t say a sore neck forced you to drink,” Mr Smith said.

“One mat­ter is your health is­sue, the drink­ing is an­other is­sue al­to­gether.”

John­ston said he would not have been drink­ing had he still been on med­i­ca­tion.

Mr Smith took John­ston’s ex­ten­sive his­tory into ac­count, and re­peated the court’s harsh view of drink-driv­ing of­fences.

The mag­is­trate de­cided not to send John­ston to jail, but warned him that an­other of­fence be­tween now and April 2016 would land him in a cell.

“It’s not a threat, but I’m let­ting you know the court must im­pose a penalty,” Mr Smith said.

John­ston was fined $1600 and dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing or ob­tain­ing a driver’s li­cence for 24 months.

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