San­der­son in a fine mess

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A GEE­LONG man who claimed he didn’t know his li­cence was dis­qual­i­fied de­spite be­ing pulled over by po­lice twice in three days has been fined $1250.

Beau San­der­son said he thought he was “le­gal” to drive after com­plet­ing a safe driv­ing course fol­low­ing his sus­pen­sion in Jan­uary 2015.

But the Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court heard yes­ter­day San­der­son did not have proof he com­pleted the course after los­ing his cer­tifi­cate.

San­der­son was caught be­hind the wheel of his Ford Fi­esta on three oc­ca­sions be­tween Au­gust 2016 and April 2017.

He told the court his part­ner’s in­fi­delity was the rea­son he was driv­ing at 2:50am on April 23, 2017.

The court was told San­der­son also failed to front the Gee­long Mag­is­trates’ Court in May that year.

Yes­ter­day he told the court his “poor or­gan­i­sa­tional” skills were to blame for his ac­tions.

Mag­is­trate John Lesser con­victed and fined San­der­son for dis­qual­i­fied and un­reg­is­tered driv­ing, and sus­pended his li­cence un­til April.

“You are en­ti­tled to covert (the fine) into com­mu­nity work,” Mr Lesser said. “Don’t drive un­til you get this sorted.”

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