More prison for driv­ing un­li­censed

Kwinana Courier - - News -

A MAN caught for the 20th time driv­ing without a li­cence has been sent to prison – again.

Michael Lee Shewring ap­peared at Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trates Court where he pleaded guilty to hav­ing no au­thor­ity to drive and driv­ing an un­li­censed ve­hi­cle.

The prose­cu­tor said the 20th of­fence came af­ter po­lice caught Shewring driv­ing on Warn­bro Sound Av­enue on May 30. How­ever on the same day, he was al­ready fac­ing prior driv­ing of­fences for which he was later jailed on June 19.

Af­ter do­ing a check, po­lice dis­cov­ered his li­cence was sus­pended on Au­gust 6, 2014, un­til Au­gust 2021.

The duty lawyer said the 30-year-old agreed with the facts and chose to drive to get bread and milk for his chil­dren, but re­alised it was not an ex­cuse.

Mag­is­trate Vivien Ed­wards ap­peared as­tounded Shewring was caught driv­ing the same day he was due to ap­pear in court on sim­i­lar of­fences.

“You pre­vi­ously have had prison for the same of­fend­ing,” she said.

“I con­sider there is no al­ter­na­tive but to sen­tence you to an im­me­di­ate term of im­pris­on­ment again.

“Be­cause you were al­ready be­fore court fac­ing other driv­ing charges, the term will be cu­mu­la­tive.”

He was sen­tenced to a fur­ther 15 months prison and a fur­ther six-month li­cence dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

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