Fraser Island
Fraser Island Shirley Sinclair

Holiday from hell

JUST days ago, Sunshine Coast man Damien John Gavin packed his bags bound for a Fraser Island holiday.

Today, he is a prisoner at the Maryborough Correctional Centre, where he will remain an inmate for the next month.

Gavin, 39, was picked up for drink-driving on his ill-fated Fraser Coast vacation and his decision to get back in the driver's seat after his licence was disqualified in court angered Maryborough Magistrate John Smith.

"It's got to be shown clearly to you and the community that the court will not tolerate someone who is going to go and break the law straight after they've been in the courtroom," Mr Smith said.

Gavin, a Tinbeerwah resident, was arrested for drink-driving on Lennox St at 2.24am on Monday.

His alcohol concentration was .135%, and his car was unregistered.

After spending the morning in the police watchhouse, Gavin faced Maryborough Magistrates Court where his lawyer asked for the matter to be transferred to Noosa. Mr Smith denied the request and proceeded, with Gavin pleading guilty to both charges.

He was sentenced to a $1200 fine and disqualified from driving for eight months.

The next day, Gavin was back before the court because police had watched him go straight back to his car following his licence disqualification.

The vehicle only got as far as Ann St - mere metres - before Gavin was arrested again.

Duty lawyer Tammy Kerle said Gavin had been shifting his car from a loading zone and away from a school.

After his time in the watchhouse, he had wanted to change his clothes inside the vehicle and thought it would be inappropriate to do so in front of children.

"He certainly wasn't trying to blow a raspberry at the sentence," Ms Kerle said.

But Mr Smith said it was a "paltry excuse".

He sentenced Gavin to three months' jail with a parole release date of September 29.

He also imposed a further two year licence disqualification and a $450 fine.



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