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Bike ride was a ‘breathtakingly stupid decision’

Bike ride was a ‘breathtakingly stupid decision’
19 Sep

A MURGON magistrate has told a Goomeri man that riding a motorbike 400 metres down the road without a licence was a “breathtakingly stupid decision” that has resulted in serious consequences.

Ashley Ekins, 28, plead guilty on Tuesday to driving without a licence, driving an uninsured vehicle, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving a vehicle without displaying number plates.

Police prosecutor Barry Stevens said that at 8.55am on June 21 Ekins was pulled over on Monroe St, Goomeri.

“The defendant was observed on a Suzuki motorcycle that they stopped in front of the school.

“Police observed that there was no number plate and when asked about it he said, ‘It should be on there’.

“Checks revealed that the registration was cancelled in April 2017, therefore making it uninsured,” Sgt Stevens said.

“When asked why he had ridden it, he said he was taking his little brother to school.

“The concerning fact is the defendant was on a suspended jail term and a disqualified licence due to the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,” Sgt Stevens said.

Ekins also plead guilty to contravening directions of police on June 28, and possessing dangerous drugs and utensils on July 19.

Defence lawyer Chris Campbell said the height of his offending was the driving matter.

“It did happen only a couple of months after he was placed on a suspended sentence,” he said.

“My client has a six-year-old brother who goes to Goomeri Primary School, and he wanted to get on the bike. So he rode 400 metres down the road to drop him off.”

Magistrate Louisa Pink said his decision to ride 400 metres down the road was a total lack of judgment.

“You will have gathered by now that your most serious charge is what seems to have been a breathtakingly stupid decision to get on a motorbike when you were on a suspended sentence for the dangerous operation of a vehicle,” she said.

“You either don’t understand what a suspended sentence means, or you just don’t care.

“If it is that you don’t care, you won’t be free for very long,” she said.

“Not only were you driving while disqualified, the motorbike had no registration, no insurance and no plates. All of that just indicates to me somebody who doesn’t seem to care.”

Magistrate Pink said that the driving while disqualified offence was committed while the defendant was on a suspended sentence.

“The law requires that if you commit such an offence, you should be ordered to serve the whole of the suspended sentence.

“I order that you serve the whole of it, which is six months and I fix your parole release date today,” she said.

“That means you are on parole for six months. You are one step away from prison.”

Magistrate Pink convicted and fined Ekins $500 for driving on a disqualified licence.

“You are disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence for two years,” she said.

“If you drive during that time and you’re convicted you will be disqualified from driving for up to five years.

“Your ability to work will often be dictated by the lack of a licence, and that’s something you need to think about.”

Ekins was fined $261 for driving an uninsured vehicle, and $200 for driving an unregistered vehicle without plates.

He was further fined $300 for the drug charges, and convicted but not further punished for contravening direction.



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