‘World is going to end’
“I SUGGEST you moderate your alcohol intake because I can smell you from here.”
These were the words of advice Magistrate Simon Young had for Bloomsbury woman Toni Crewes, 44, who said she was “pretty sure the world was going to end by Christmas this year” after pleading guilty in Proserpine Magistrate Court to charges of failing to appear and driving unlicensed, uninsured and unregistered.
The court heard Crewes was pulled over driving on Leichhardt St in Bowen at 3.30pm on December 27, 2016, just 14 days after her licence was disqualified on December 13.
Police spoke to Crewes, who told them her licence was disqualified, and further checks revealed her Toyota Camry’s registration and insurance had expired. Crewes was required to attend court on August 23 but failed to appear. Officers carried out a warrant on October 17 and found Crewes at her Bloomsbury address. When asked if she had anything to say in her defence, Crewes replied: “No, your honour.” Mr Young said imprisonment was a “last resort” for this type of offending but in this case was “entirely appropriate”. Crewes was sentenced to three months imprisonment, wholly suspended for 12 months for disqualified driving and one month prison, wholly suspended for six months for failing to appear.