20th Sep, 2020

Prison for driving while disqualified

Worcester Editorial 16th Aug, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A RONKSWOOD man has been sentenced to 20 weeks in prison for driving whilst disqualified.

Patryck Mortimer, of Wells Road, pleaded guilty at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on Friday (August 7) to driving a silver Renault on Pheasant Street.

Adrian Jones, prosecuting, told the court police officers were on patrol at 8.45pm on July 23 in an unmarked car and checked the 36-year-old’s vehicle and found it had no insurance. They followed him to a car park and he gave them his details, which were checked but showed he was disqualified.

Defence solicitor Mark Sheward, said: “He is fully employed but to boost his income he buys and sells cars, he arranged to by a car and a friend to drive it.

“He bought the car, paid for it, and his friend let him down and the owner said he he wanted it off his drive and so that is what he did.

“Perhaps probation could offer him a course to help with his decision making as he is now making the wrong ones.

“Although this has passed the custody threshold I would ask you to suspend that period of custody.

“If he goes to prison today his girlfriend will lose her accommodation and they will both be homeless.”

Chair of the bench, John Taylor, said: “We have listened carefully to what your solicitor has said, but the fact is in 2014 you were before the court for excess alcohol and no insurance and were given a 20 month driving ban. Within five months you were back again for driving whilst disqualified.”

Mortimer was also banned from driving for 24 months and ordered to pay a £150 court charge and a £60 victim surcharge on release.

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