Big fine for short trip

A 33-YEAR-OLD South Grafton man has paid a hefty price for giving a young girl a ride on his motorbike, but at least he escaped jail.

Lee Tainui Thorne was in Grafton Local Court yesterday facing charges of riding a motorcycle while disqualified, using an unregistered vehicle on a road or related area, driving an uninsured vehicle and riding without helmet, with a passenger without helmet.

Thorne pleaded guilty to the charges, but through his solicitor, John Hennessy, said there were mitigating circumstances.

Mr Hennessy said on March 7 his client was asked to give a young girl a ride on his motorbike on a nearby reserve.

To get to the reserve he had to travel a short distance down a lane.

“He only took the child around 30m on the road-related area and then went onto the reserve,” Mr Hennessy said.

In the police facts, Thorne told the arresting police that he did not believe he had done anything wrong because he did not think he was on a road at the time.

Magistrate Robyn Denes could have imposed a jail sentence on Thorne for the short ride, but agreed that the circumstances of the offence did not warrant it.

Instead, she fined Thorne a total of $700 for three offences and disqualified him from driving for two years.

However, she was worried both Thorne and his passenger were not wearing helmets at the time.



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