Generic image of Centrelink signage (AAP Image/James Ross)
Generic image of Centrelink signage (AAP Image/James Ross)

Magistrate Judge furious after man loses licence over confusion

A DALBY father-of-three has lost his licence after driving on a suspended licence earlier this year.

Police prosecutor sergeant Derek Brady told the court Damien John Turner was stopped for a random licence check on April 13 when police discovered Turner was still suspended from a date in March.

The father-of-three was at a loss for words as he explained his situation to Magistrate Tracy Mossop.

“I would never have driven if I knew I didn’t have licence,” he said.

“After getting pulled over I contacted centrelink and had my licence back within an hour so I’m not sure what is wrong with the system.”

Although Turner does have a previous traffic history, he told the court he had since been working on himself and making more positive choices.

“I have cleaned myself up since being with my partner, I really need my licence to help get my family around,” he said.

Ms Mossop explained her disappointment in the Dalby police to sgt Brady.

“It seems to me that there is no exercise of discretion in our police,” she said.

“I don’t see how the defendant was able to regain his licence by phoning centrelink yet police couldn’t seem bothered to give him the common curtesy.”

Turner received a one month licence disqualification.

A conviction was recorded.


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