Bike thief fined, dis­qual­i­fied

Southern Telegraph - - News - David Sal­vaire

A man who stole a mo­tor­bike and led po­lice on a short chase through Wel­lard has re­ceived a sus­pended prison term.

Sa­muel Holt ap­peared in Rock­ing­ham Mag­is­trate’s Court last Fri­day charged with fail­ing to stop in cir­cum­stance of ag­gra­va­tion, driv­ing with forged plates, hav­ing no author­ity to drive and steal­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

The court heard Holt was rid­ing a Honda mo­tor­cy­cle that had been re­ported stolen five days ear­lier when po­lice tried to pull him over at 3.35am on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

The pros­e­cu­tion said Holt sped away from po­lice and was pur­sued for about 100m, driv­ing over a round­about on the corner of Shaftes­bury Way and La­beth Cir­cuit be­fore he pulled over.

Ap­pear­ing via vide­olink from Hakea Prison, Holt pleaded guilty to all charges and said he was re­morse­ful for his ac­tions and wanted to get back to work.

He told the court he also wanted to care for his ter­mi­nally ill mother and be with his 18-month-old daugh­ter.

Mag­is­trate Vi­vian Ed­wards noted Holt had been in Hakea since Oc­to­ber 21 and sen­tenced him to seven months jail, sus­pended for 12 months.

He re­ceived an $800 fine and was dis­qual­i­fied from hold­ing a li­cence for three years.

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