Man, 54, jailed for simple disqualified driving offence

A SIMPLE disqualified driving offence has sent a 54-year-old Maryborough man to prison.

Leo John Wilson was caught behind the wheel on his way to work on June 18, the Maryborough Magistrates Court heard.

With eight convictions for driving without a licence on his traffic history, he initially gave police his brother's name to try to avoid detection.

"You knew you were doing the wrong thing as you gave another name," Magistrate John Smith said.

Defence lawyer John Willet told the court Wilson chose to drive on June 18 as his father was too ill to take him to work.

He explained that he had only just started his new position as a chef and did not want to turn down the shift.

He said Wilson had worked "extremely hard" to become a contributing member of society ever since being released from prison in 2007 and handed up a thick wad of certificates to Mr Smith as proof.

Mr Smith conceded the 54-year-old had indeed made many accomplishments, he had six prior unlicensed driving and two disqualified driving convictions.

His latest disqualification was handed down in December.

"It was made clear to him what the consequences would be if he drove without a licence again."

Wilson was sentenced to three months imprisonment, with parole on September 6, and his licence was disqualified for a further three years.

He was fined $250 for giving a false name to police.



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