110 days in jail for 10-minute joy ride

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS -

A TRIP to town on a stolen mo­tor­bike turned into three months in a jail cell for a re­peat un­li­censed driver.

Joshua Ja­son Wat­son was tak­ing a trip to IGA Al­lora when he “ditched the bike in a drain” and was ap­proached by lo­cal po­lice.

On in­spec­tion, they dis­cov­ered the 20-year-old man was un­li­censed and driv­ing a mo­tor­bike that was unin­sured, un­reg­is­tered and stolen, and all while he was on pa­role.

“He’s taken the mo­tor­bike for a spin and just not come back,” mag­is­trate Be­van Man­they said.

Af­ter Wat­son was ar­rested, the mo­tor­bike “dis­ap­peared” and the owner did not pro­vide a quote of its value to po­lice, there­fore was un­able to seek resti­tu­tion.

Mag­is­trate Man­they noted that, de­spite his young age, Wat­son was no stranger to the courts.

“He’s a per­sis­tent of­fender,” Mr Man­they said.

“He’s had the op­por­tu­nity of rehabilitation.

“And that un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle is quite se­ri­ous – it’s brazen and a prob­lem in this area.”

The Al­lora man was jailed in June and given bail on the Septem­ber 26, af­ter spend­ing 110 days be­hind bars.

Be­fore be­ing pulled over and ar­rested in June, Wat­son was also fac­ing pre­vi­ous un­li­censed driv­ing charges.

In court on Thurs­day, he also pleaded guilty play­ing Plays­ta­tion games that were stolen from EB Games.

Wat­son was sen­tenced to 15 months jail with im­me­di­ate re­lease, to be sus­pended for two years.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant sen­tence but he’s put him­self there,” Mr Man­they said.

Wat­son was also dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for for six months.

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