Court puts man's actions down to "the folly of youth"

Court puts man's actions down to

A 19-year-old Cowra man has been fined $300 and disqualified from driving for three months at Cowra Local Court.

Brent Kiss, of Brisbane Street, represented himself before the court charged with driving whilst his licence was suspended.

Kiss entered a plea of guilty.

According to police facts, around 12.18am on Aug 8, 2021, police were sitting at a red light at the intersection of Kendal and Lachlan Street when they observed a red Holden Commodore turn left.

As it did, police recognised the driver, Kiss, as they had informed him his licence was suspended three hours earlier.

Police conducted a u-turn, stopped the vehicle and spoke to Kiss.

He informed them he was heading home, however, the address he gave police was in the other direction.

Police then spoke to the three passengers in the vehicle and it was discovered the front passenger was licenced and able to drive the vehicle from the scene.

Addressing the court, Kiss said he had no excuse for driving on the evening.

In sentencing, Magistrate Moody agreed Kiss had no excuse and warned he could face imprisonment if he continued to drive suspended.

"You've already been convicted of driving never held a licence, only in March, and this was only a matter of months later," she said.

"You know drive whilst suspended carries a prison sentence, I'm not sending you to prison today, but you have to understand I had a man in here before (charged with) drive whilst disqualified and driving whilst suspended.

"I've had to send him away for a report because he's going in.

"So even though you think it's not a big deal, who cares it's just driving while suspended, it does carry a jail sentence for a reason."

She also questioned why he would have taken the risk to drive given the leniency police had given him earlier in the evening.

"I'll put it down to the folly of youth and as he said himself he has absolutely no excuse," she said.

"You obviously like driving and young men do, but you are just crazy, don't come back to court."

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