Disqualified driver a slow learner

DISQUALIFIED driver Patrick Torrens should now be off the road until December 2012 after a Casino Local Court magistrate disqualified him for a further 12 months.

Torrens, 49, of Tabulam, pleaded guilty last week to driving when disqualified on January 5; driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle; and driving a vehicle when its motor vehicle tax had not been paid.

Defence lawyer John Hennessy said his client was now ‘in his 50th year’, but Magistrate Robyn Denes was quick to reply that Torrens ‘is a slow learner’.

Mr Hennessy said Torrens did not commit any other type of crime except driving offences with a history that went back to the 1970s.

“This man is from Tabulam and has no other way to get about. He was going to buy food (when caught),” he said.

“Your record is appalling for driving matters,” Ms Denes told Torrens.

“You can (try to) justify it, but you continue to drive and put other people at risk.”

In police facts before the court, Torrens was stopped at 11am by RBT officers when driving his Mitsubishi Lancer on the Bruxner Highway.

Police described his car as being in extremely poor condition with all tyres ‘completely devoid of tread’.

He had three passengers in the car and immediately admitted he did not hold a licence.

The car’s registration had expired eight months before.

Ms Denes disqualified Torrens from driving for 12 months – from the end of his current period of disqualification (December 2011) to December 5, 2012.

He was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond, fined $200 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and given a bond for the unpaid tax.

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