A Mackay removalist was busted behind the wheel twice despite having a court-ordered licence disqualification.
A Mackay removalist was busted behind the wheel twice despite having a court-ordered licence disqualification. Lorenzo Cafaro/Pexels

Driver could face up to 10 years without licence

A DRIVER labelled as "rude” and "argumentative” by corrective services could lose his licence for up to 10 years after he ignored a court-ordered licence disqualification and drove anyway - twice.

Craig William Griffiths has been remanded in custody.

Mackay Magistrates Court was told he was banned from driving for two years in August 2018.

But Mackay police spotted the 34-year-old furniture removalist behind the wheel on February 19 and April 20, both times at Blacks Beach.

The court heard he told police he needed to work and his employer was aware he didn't have a licence.

"Who cares what the court says, I got to go to work... I'll do what I like,” Magistrate Damien Dwyer said about Griffiths' conduct.

The court was told there would be further disqualifications that needed to be cumulative and then added to his current driving ban.

"He's looking at about 10 years without a licence,” Mr Dwyer said.

Because he was on a suspended sentence at the time, prosecutor Joshua Morris pushed for jail with immediate parole.

Griffiths is also currently involved with community probation and parole and was described as having a "poor attitude” and being argumentative and rude with staff.

He was also often late for set meetings.

Griffiths pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while disqualified and contravening a police requirement.

Legal Aid solicitor Rosey Varley said her client had moved to Mackay eight months ago to help a friend with a start-up removal company.

He was working casually but was not driving, as other staff had been employed.

"He is remorseful for his actions,” Ms Varley said.

Mr Dwyer remanded him in custody until next week for sentence.



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