Jailed after sixth drink-driving charge

DANCER and dad of 10 kids Christopher Lee Phillips will be working on his dance moves in the confines of a jail cell after being convicted of his sixth high-range drink-driving offence.

Phillips, 31, of the Lismore Lake Caravan Park, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to drink-driving with a reading of 0.175 after being arrested driving along Monaltrie Road at 2pm on August 20.

Phillips also pleaded guilty to driving while his licence was disqualified and driving a vehicle that displayed the wrong number plate.

“For the most part he’s a good man who endeavours to help people,” defence lawyer John Hennessy said.

“The reason he was driving was that he had personal issues on his mind. It was his brother’s car.

“He is a dancer of some renown who takes part in the Welcome to Country ceremony with a troupe of dancers when requested by the council.”

Mr Hennessy said Phillips had positive references with a very close family to care for and support.

Magistrate Michael Dakin read Phillips’ list of prior drink-driving offences and calculated it to be his sixth high-range arrest, with his most recent conviction in March last year when he was sentenced to two years’ jail and ordered to serve 12 months non-parole.

Mr Dakin said that sentence was reduced on appeal to a non-parole of six months.

He said it would not be appropriate to suspend any jail sentence.

“The risk to the public is incalculable and there is a strong need for deterrence,” Mr Dakin said.

He jailed Phillips for 12 months and disqualified him from driving for another two years until June 2012.

Phillips was fined $300 for displaying the wrong number plates.



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