DALE Andrew Draper had a jail sentence for disqualified driving reduced by two months yesterday.
But he has to spend four months on parole after Judge Stephen Walmsley upheld a severity appeal by Draper in the District Court at Albury.
Judge Walmsley confirmed a two-year driving ban imposed in Albury Local Court which extends Draper’s disqualification until January 12, 2026.
Draper, 32, was living at Quamby House when he was caught driving about 3am on March 3.
When stopped in Padman Drive, Draper admitted he was a banned driver and subsequently received a fixed eight- month jail term at court after earlier being convicted in his absence.
Solicitor Andrea MacDonald submitted yesterday that the non-parole period for Draper should be six months.
“The driving was at the lower end of seriousness except that he was in breach of a court order,” Ms MacDonald said.
She said Draper was on parole at the time, a month short of completing a nine-month parole.
Judge Walmsley said Draper had a poor driving record in both Tasmania and NSW.
“It does not seem that there was a major public safety issue at the time,” Judge Walmsley said.
He said Draper needed supervision from the Probation and Parole Service for at least four months.
He increased the jail term to 10 months, but reduced the non-parole period to six months making Draper eligible for release on October 16.