‘Cliche’ avoids time in clink

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

A MAG­IS­TRATE has called a man a “walk­ing cliche” of a FIFO worker and handed him a sus­pended jail term af­ter he was caught driv­ing with­out a li­cence for the sev­enth time while do­ing burnouts in Neer­abup.

Rhys James Dwyer (28) faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day, July 27, af­ter plead­ing guilty to reck­less driv­ing and driv­ing with­out a li­cence. The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor told the court Dwyer was driv­ing un­der sus­pen­sion while do­ing burnouts and dough­nuts in a Holden States­man about 4.30pm in an in­dus­trial area on April 9.

He was un­aware there was a po­lice car stor­age fa­cil­ity nearby, which re­sulted in him be­ing caught.

It was the sev­enth time since 2009 that Dwyer had been caught driv­ing with­out a li­cence.

Mag­is­trate Robert Young la­belled him a “walk­ing cliche”, re­fer­ring to what he con­sid­ered the “work hard, play hard” cul­ture of the min­ing in­dus­try. He sen­tenced Dwyer to a nine-month prison term sus­pended for 12 months.

Dwyer’s li­cence was sus­pended for a fur­ther 21 months.

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