Disqualified driver 'up to his neck in fertiliser'

A GRAFTON man has been jailed after pleading guilty to his seventh and eighth disqualified driving offence.

Thomas Kevin Collins, 23, was yesterday picked up by police in Grafton on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Collins was wanted for sentencing on two driving while disqualified convictions from incidents in Casino and Mallanganee at the end of last year.

They were Collins' seventh and eighth convictions for the offence and even his solicitor Neal Funnell said a prison term was unavoidable given the legislation.

Mr Funnell said the defendant had turned a corner and planned to start an agricultural course tomorrow to learn about fertiliser production, but would now go to prison instead.

Magistrate Kim Pogson replied that his choice of a fertiliser course was appropriate given that he was now up to his neck in it.

Collins, of Prince Street, was sentenced in Grafton Local Court yesterday to 18 months' jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years on each charge, meaning he will not be allowed to drive until Christmas Day 2023.

It is not the first time Collins has been jailed for driving while disqualified.

The repeat offender spent four months in jail for the offence in 2005 and was jailed for a non-parole period of nine months in 2006.

Collins was also fined a total of $800 for driving an unregistered and uninsured motor vehicle.



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