Teenager avoids jail but not fine

AN 18-YEAR-OLD repeat traffic offender narrowly escaped a jail sentence and instead copped a hefty fine when he faced the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Gregory James Coulson was caught driving an unregistered car with no plates at Top Street, Torquay, on October 10.

He told the police he was moving the vehicle from the front to the rear yard of his house to “get it out of the way”.

It was for this reason, according to Magistrate Graeme Tatnell, that the repeat offender was not jailed.

“I think the fact you were only moving the vehicle has saved you from a jail sentence,” Mr Tatnell said.

The court heard that it was Coulson’s fourth repeat offence in a history that included unlicensed and disqualified driving and driving unregistered and uninsured vehicles.

Mr Tatnell said Coulson’s record was “shocking for an 18-year-old”.

“It’s an absolutely woeful history,” he said.

“You just take no notice.”

Defence lawyer Ian Pilgrim asked that Mr Tatnell not impose a jail sentence on the unemployed teenager.

“This will be a sufficient wake-up for Mr Coulson to not require Your Honour to impose a custodial sentence and instead a monetary penalty,” he said.

Coulson was fined $2500 and disqualified from driving for three years.

An application has been made to the court for the forfeiture of his vehicle.



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