Driving offences land man in prison
A 22-YEAR-OLD Whitsunday man will spend the next three months behind bars after pleading guilty to repeat unlicensed and drink-driving offences at the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
At 2.05am on January 18, Robert Jeffrey Noble was driving a silver Nissan Navara on Chapman Street in Proserpine when he was stopped by police.
Checks revealed he was disqualified from driving until 2017.
Noble was also breathalysed and returned a reading of 0.092.
He admitted consuming about nine stubbies of XXXX Summer Beer before driving to buy cigarettes.
“It was beyond foolish Your Honour and he accepts that,” duty lawyer Antoinette Morton said.
Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted this was Noble’s sixth offence “at the tender age of 22”.
He said that on October 19, 2011, Noble appeared in the Townsville Magistrate’s Court, charged with driving while already disqualified, with a BAC of 0.14.
“[Then] not even two months later you’re [again] driving while disqualified with an excess blood alcohol concentration,” he said.
Mr Stjernqvist said in this case, Noble was sentenced to one month imprisonment and had post-prison probation, which he described as a lenient penalty in his view.
“[Maybe] if the courts had been a little bit harder he wouldn’t be here – if someone had intervened before, when they should have, there’d have been [an] epiphany,” he said.
Mr Stjernqvist ruled that in this latest case, a term of imprisonment was the only appropriate penalty.
Noble was sentenced to nine months, to be suspended for 27 months after serving three behind bars.
He was disqualified from driving for three-and-half years, which, added to the previously imposed disqualification, will keep him off the roads until 2021.