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Man faces ‘absolute’ loss of licence after decades old Roma charge

A man could face losing his licence ’absolutely’ after being brought to court over a driving incident from 1978.

Michael John Hearn was charged with disqualified driving and driving under the influence of liquor or a drug in Roma, but didn’t appear in the local Magistrates Court until February 3, 2021.

Hearn, appearing via telephone, told the court he has lost his licence in the past from other driving offences which were dealt with.

But it wasn’t until now these old charges were brought to court.

Magistrate Peter Saggers told him if he pleads guilty, he would lose his licence again.

“If you were to plead guilty to these, then of course, you’d have to lose your licence again,” he said.

“The other option is of course... I adjourn it here, that you speak to the police prosecutor here, and you explain your circumstances to her.”

But if Hearn is found guilty of disqualified driving, he faces an absolute loss of licence.

“And if you plead guilty to the offences, then at the time (I had a quick look), for the disqualified driving from 1978, I think it was mandatory, absolute disqualification,” Magistrate Saggers said.

Hearn has not yet entered a plea and had his matters adjourned to March 2.


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