Man behind bars after adding to 'deplorable' traffic record
BOCEPHUS Jiel Parter's "deplorable" traffic history caught up with him as he faced Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.
The 28-year-old was told he "wasn't welcome on our roads or beaches" after Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll heard Parter's licence was disqualified until 2022.
And he wasn't impressed when he heard Parter had bought a four-wheel drive and was behind the wheel on January 9 this year.
Prosecutor Constable Josh McLennan told the court Parter was caught for driving on a disqualified licence after taking his new vehicle, which he bought for $4000, to the beach to "test it out".
Parter got stuck on Emu Park Beach and left his vehicle there overnight, however, the tide came in and it became completely submerged.
Police caught up with Parter the following day after the submerged car came to their attention.
Mr O'Driscoll asked Parter why he bought a car if he had no licence, however, his defence lawyer Shayne Studdert said his client thought he would be getting his licence back soon.
Mr Studdert added that he wasn't sure his client understood his licence conditions.
Mr O'Driscoll referred to Parter's traffic record as "deplorable" and told him buying a vehicle while disqualified was "a great error in judgement".
The court also heard Parter has only ever held a learner's licence. "You are not welcome on our roads or beaches anywhere," Mr O'Driscoll said.
Parter was sentenced to 15 months in prison with a parole date of June 23 and disqualified from driving for a further three years.