Man caught driving without licence for 20th time gets prison again

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A MAN caught for the 20th time driving without a licence has been sent to prison – again.

Michael Lee Shewring appeared in custody at Rockingham Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to no authority to drive and using an unlicensed vehicle.

The prosecutor said the 20th offence came after police caught Shewring driving on Warnbro Sound Avenue on May 30 at 7.50am.

However on the same day he was already facing prior driving without a licence offences for which he was later sent to prison on June 19.

After doing a licence check police discovered his licence was suspended on August 6, 2014 until August 2021.

The prosecutor said it was the 10th offence for penalty purposes and called for immediate imprisonment.

The duty lawyer said the 30-year-old agreed with the facts and he chose to drive to get bread and milk for his children, but realised it was not an excuse.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards appeared astounded Shewring was caught driving the same day he was due to appear in court on similar offences.

“You previously have had prison for the same offending,” she said.

“Was it not enough to dissuade you not to drive?

“I consider there is no alternative but to sentence you to an immediate term of imprisonment again.

“Because you were already before the court facing other driving charges the term will be cumulative.”

He was sentenced to a further 15 months prison and a further six-month licence disqualification.