No car, so no jail for Yarrawonga man

YARRAWONGA disability pensioner Paul John Bullivant has avoided a month in jail with a successful severity appeal in the District Court at Albury.

Bullivant, 49, of Sharp Street, was accompanied by his carer to appeal penalties imposed on two disqualified driving matters.

Judge Martin Blackmore was told Bullivant has sold his car and now has a mobility scooter.

He was caught speeding in Mulwala about 11.15am on May 6 last year doing 72km/h in a 60km/h zone.

Police asked for his licence and Bullivant said: “I don’t have one.”

There was a young child who was not properly restrained in his car.

Bullivant said he was dropping off friends and a check by police showed his Victorian licence was disqualifed from April 15 last year to October 13.

He was put on a bond and fined $300 when sentenced at Corowa Local Court.

But a month after appearing at court, Bullivant was caught by police test driving a car at Boomanoomanah about 3.25pm on November 21.

He conceded that his licence was disqualified and was charged.

Magistrate Tony Murray imposed a seven-month jail term, with a minimum period of one month, and disqualified Bullivant from May 6 last year to October 23 this year.

Judge Blackmore varied the penalties to a 12-month suspended sentence with a three-year disqualification from October 23.