Caught again, and again, and again
ADAM AMEY will hope Christmas 2014 comes quickly – that’s when Santa will hand back his driving licence.
Amey, 26, could not resist the temptation to get back behind the wheel of a car, despite his previous criminal record of reoffending by continuing to drive when disqualified, and ignoring the court warning he faced jail if caught again.
He was caught again, however, and for the next eight months the young Casino dad will be spending his weekends behind bars at Grafton Detention Centre.
Amey was sentenced to 15 months’ jail with a non-parole period of eight months and ordered by Casino Local Court magistrate Robyn Denes to serve the eight months by way of periodic weekend detention.
She disqualified him from driving for another two years. If Amey does not reoffend he will get his licence back at Christmas 2014.
Reading his traffic record Ms Denes said it was Amey’s fourth offence for driving while disqualified.
Amey pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified at 3.30am on New Year’s Day in January 2009.
The Holden Commodore he was driving was unregistered and uninsured.
In police documents before the court, officers noticed the car ‘accelerating harshly’ in Casino before losing sight of it.
They later found it parked and locked and found Amey at his home.
On that matter he received a suspended jail sentence and warned not to reoffend.
But on November 19 last year Amey was again caught driving disqualified on Queensland Road at Casino – this time behind the wheel of a blue Toyota 4-Runner that had its registration cancelled.
Defence lawyer Ben Cochrane acknowledged his client had been on a good behaviour bond at the time of his most recent offence, and his attitude could perhaps be perceived as ‘rebellious’ toward orders of the court.
Ms Denes told Amey that despite receiving a suspended jail sentence last year he breached it by reoffending.
Clearly frustrated, the magistrate said the court and community would throw their hands up in the air at his continued offending.
“What else can we do? The ball is in your court,” she said.
“When we suspend a sentence we do that on the understanding that you will keep your end of the bargain (not reoffend).”
“If you do any offences while on periodic detention guess where you will go,” she said.
“Straight in,” replied Amey.
“Yes. Do not pass ‘Go’, straight in,” she said.