Driver didn’t learn lesson after bond

A DISQUALIFIED Albury driver caught only seven days after he received a bond at court yesterday told a magistrate he thought it was good behaviour to help those who were sick.

Brandon Newman was nabbed driving while disqualified after he had been banned from the road for 12 months.

Newman’s disregard for the court order yesterday prompted magistrate Tony Murray to ask Newman why he was driving.

His response: “I thought it was good behaviour to help someone out who was sick.”

Mr Murray told Newman he was at great risk of going to jail on a full-time basis.

Newman, 20, of Robbins Drive, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court to a charge of disqualified driving.

His sentencing was adjourned until February 18 after Mr Murray decided it was appropriate to get a pre-sentence report.

Newman was stopped by police when speeding in Young Street, Albury, on November 14.

He gave police his name and claimed he held a current NSW probationary licence. A check by officers revealed Newman had been disqualified from driving for three months from August 27.

The ban was imposed by a magistrate, but Newman claimed he had never been to court and did not know he was disqualified.

When he appeared at court on December 12, he was disqualified from driving for two years until 2015 and was put on a 12-month bond.

Just seven days later, police saw him driving a Ford Laser at about 6.35pm along the Riverina Highway.

They followed him and stopped Newman on Elizabeth Mitchell Drive at Thurgoona.

There were five occupants in the car and Newman admitted he did not have a licence.

He was unable to produce any identification, but said he was a banned driver and had been to court a week earlier.

A check by police showed his disqualification extended to December 11, 2015.

Police facts tendered to the court said Newman had no regard for the law and continued to drive.