Seventh drink-drive offence

BUSTED for his seventh drink-driving offence after police found him dozing and drunk in his ute at a Lismore park with the engine running, Adam Di Certo will spend the next nine months doing periodic jail detention.

Di Certo, 35, a Coraki boilermaker, was arrested at 7.30am on May 17 at Riverview Park in South Lismore with a blood/alcohol reading four times the legal limit - 0.2.

He pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court this week to charges of high-range drink-driving; driving when disqualified; and failing to appear in court in June.

Sentencing him to 15 months periodic detention with a non-parole of nine months, magistrate Michael Dakin told Di Certo it was his 'last roll of the dice' as another offence meant he would serve his jail sentence in full-time custody.

“Is that clear?” Mr Dakin said.

“Very,” replied Di Certo.

The magistrate also disqualified the repeat offender from driving for another two years.

Defence lawyer Simon Priestley had argued his client was well aware the offences called for time in custody, but in all prior drink-driving offences he had never been given more than a fine or disqualification, and a jail sentence would be a jump in penalty and be too harsh.

“He has never been told before that he would be going in,” Mr Priestley said.

The lawyer had pleaded for a suspended jail sentence saying his client had curtailed his drinking and, despite being 'a bit of a tearaway' in his youth, had now cleaned up his ways. The reason Di Certo had not turned up at court previously was due to panic.

Mr Dakin said it was his seventh drink driving offence, increasing his moral culpability, and meant it was a matter for a jail sentence because, in terms of his drink driving, Di Certo's record showed a disregard for public safety and shown himself to be a menace to the community.

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