Man fined and avoids jail despite ‘atrocious’ driving record

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DESPITE having an “atrocious” driving record, a man has avoided jail time after being caught driving under suspension yet again.

Paul Michael Dipane pleaded guilty to the charge of not having the authority to drive on May 22 and was given a seven-month suspended prison sentence along with a 12-month accumulative driving licence disqualification.

His lawyer Mark Andrews said Dipane had a poor record with outstanding fines and used methamphetamine.

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Mr Andrews said his father had given him a job as a cray fisherman but when he was in Europe, Dipane made the “stupid decision” to drive to his colleagues house five minutes away because his father was expecting the deckhand to be picked up for work and he didn’t want to let him down.

Magistrate Nicholas Lemmon described Dipane’s driving record as “atrocious” and mentioned he had been caught driving under suspension seven times over several years.

He said the suspended prison sentence would mean if Dipane committed an any offence with a possible prison sentence over the next 12 months, he would be resentenced.

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