Driv­ing of­fences land man in prison

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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