Heart scare in court

AN ambulance had to be called to the Grafton court house on Monday after a man claimed to experience heart problems when told he could be facing a jail term.

Randall John Lohs, 22, of South Grafton, was appearing before Magistrate Brian Maloney on charges of driving while disqualified.

Mr Maloney was in the process of asking solicitor Neil Johnson why Lohs should not be sent to jail for repeated driving offences when Lohs clutched his head, muttered 'I can't f..... believe this' and complained of chest pains.

His girlfriend, who was sitting in the back of the court, yelled to Mr Maloney that the right side of Lohs' heart was enlarged and that he needed an ambulance.

He was later able to return to the dock.

He had earlier told Mr Maloney that the only reason he was driving was that he needed to get to Grafton to attend another court matter.

Mr Maloney imposed an additional two years on Lohs' licence disqualification, meaning he will not be eligible for a licence again until August 2014.

He also received a 12 months suspended jail sentence and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

Of the 55 people listed to appear in court on Monday, eight were to face charges of driving while disqualified or not having a licence.



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