Banned driver drove off on bike - The Worcester Observer

Banned driver drove off on bike

Worcester Editorial 27th Nov, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A DISQUALIFIED driver who rode his motocross bike without a helmet has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Garon Lowry, of Glenthorne Avenue, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, driving without due care and attention and driving without appropriate headgear after he took the vehicle down Trotshill Lane West on June 13.

The 23-year-old, who was given an 18-month ban in October for two charges of driving while disqualified, was spotted by a resident of the road as he was ‘revving his engine’, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (November 21).

About 7pm the witness went to the front garden of his address and saw Lowry with another man and the bike, so took photos of the offence before the defendant rode off without a helmet, the court was also told.

In interview Lowry, who was also sentenced to eight weeks in prison in September, told officers he believed the road was a private one and that he could ride his bike there.

Defending solicitor Barry Newton said: “He is keeping to all his probation appointments and completing three days a week with unpaid work.

“The custody sentence had a big effect on him. Since his release from that sentence there has been a change in his attitude. We just have to make sure he doesn’t drive again while disqualified.”

Lowry was given a six-week jail term, suspended for 11 months, and disqualified from driving for 12 months.

District Judge Nigel Cadbury said: “You have obviously not liked your time in prison at all and it is now up to you to make sure you don’t go in again.”

He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a victim surcharge of £80.


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