Jailed driver with long history of offences pleads guilty to more charges

A BALLARAT man, jailed for two months last year over a string of driving offences, yesterday pleaded guilty to more driving offences, including driving while disqualified. 

Jason Magee, 42, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court where he also pleaded guilty to driving an unregistered motor car. 

The court heard Magee served two months’ jail last year, relating to several driving offences. 

Detailing the offending to the court, police prosecutor Senior Constable Steve Kent said Magee was again caught driving by police on June 7 last year. 

Senior Constable Kent said Magee was intercepted by police in Grenville Street, Ballarat, about 5pm and couldn’t produce a licence. 

The court heard that Magee’s car was also displaying false number plates and wasn’t registered. 

Commenting on Magee’s criminal history, including several convictions for similar driving offences, magistrate Barry Schultz said it was a “recurring theme” in Magee’s life. 

Mike Wardell, acting pro-bono for Magee, also said his client’s history was poor. 

Mr Wardell said it was a criminal history dotted with convictions for driving while disqualified and drink -driving. 

But Mr Wardell said this offending took place after offending in May last year, for which Magee was sentenced to two months’ jail. 

The court heard that this offending should have been “rolled up” with last 

year’s sentence. 

Mr Wardell also said his client had been dealing with the grief of losing his father, as well as a suspected acquired brain injury. 

Mr Schultz agreed that the offending should have been included in last year’s sentence. Magee was sentenced to one month’s jail, wholly suspended for one year.

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