No licence since 1987, says driver

A MAN who drove unlicensed for almost 30 years was sentenced to one month in jail on Tuesday.
Nanjing Night Net

Malcolm McNeight, 52, was caught twice driving illegally in the past year and on the second occasion told police he had not held a driver’s licence since 1987, Ballarat Magistrates Court heard.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Pepe Brown said McNeight was pulled over by police in the Belmont area last November, later admitting he was unlicensed but wanted to “get to a 21st (birthday party)”.

McNeight, who told police he had three cans of bourbon and coke prior to driving, had a zero blood alcohol limit imposed on him for previous offences.

On February 26, McNeight, who served a prison sentence in 2004 for unlicensed driving, was apprehended by police driving in Sebastopol and later told officers he had been unlicensed since he was 24.

Defence lawyer David Taminika told the court McNeight, a single parent, was “feeling the pinch” of not having a licence.

In submitting for a now-defunct suspended sentence, Mr Taminika said McNeight’s deteriorating health made him unsuitable for a termof imprisonment.

McNeight was eligible for a suspended sentence as he was charged before September 1.

In sentencing McNeight, magistrate Duncan Reynolds said unlicensed and unregistered driving was entrenched in the accused’s daily life.

“Over the years there’s been numerous instances of you driving unlicensed or disqualified and unfortunately the threat of prison hasn’t deterred you,” he said.

McNeight, who was granted appeal bail under strict reporting conditions, was also fined $1500 and had an 18-month suspension placed on his licence when he becomes eligible for it.

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