Rockingham court: banned driver sent to prison

Rockingham court: banned driver sent to prison

A MAN who chose to ignore his suspended imprisonment order by driving without a licence has been sent to prison.

Jayden Leslie Odlin pleaded guilty to breach of bail, four counts of no authority to drive, possessing methamphetamine, possess a prohibited weapon and possess drug paraphernalia.

The prosecutor said Odlin breached his bail after failing to appear at Mandurah Magistrates Court on May 6.

Earlier he was caught at Fremantle train station by transit guards with a clipseal bag containing 1.6grams of methamphetamine. Odlin told the guards he had just bought it and it was for personal use.

On four occasions, he was caught driving in Coodanup, Spearwood and Mandurah while he was under a court-ordered suspension of his driver’s licence.

On one occasion, the car he was driving had false plates.

One of the offences breached a suspended imprisonment order placed on him previously at the Mandurah Magistrates Court for earlier facing charges of having no authority to drive.

The duty lawyer said the 24-year-old Odlin was aware of the serious position he was in.

She said he had organised lifts and public transport that was evidenced by him being at Fremantle train station.

Odlin had been asked by his boss to do the lunchtime pickup.

“He realises he should have been honest with his boss – it was a foolish choice,” the lawyer said.

Magistrate Leanne Atkins said Odlin had given conflicting reasons as to why he drove.

“I am concerned because he chose not to attend Mandurah on May 20, and claimed to not understand the suspended imprisonment order as he was tired,” she said.

“He has quite a history of breaching court order suspensions dating back to 2012.

“I have major concerns that he would comply with an order,” the magistrate said.

“You were asked what would happen if you commit an offence and you said you would go to prison,” she told Odlin.

“You have shown a blatant disregard of a court order. In all likelihood the seven months will be activated and that is exactly what is going to happen.”

Odlin was sentenced to nine months in prison, was fined $150 for the methamphetamine and $300 for the false plate offences and further disqualified from driving for 27 months.