Young baker gets expensive lesson in court room etiquette

A YOUNG baker's casual attitude towards being in court on five driving charges turned serious on Wednesday after he realised his actions had proven costly.

The Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard Ashley Richard Thomsen was on a learner licence when he was pulled over on his way to work.

Officers noticed he was not displaying his plates and didn't have an experienced driver with him.

His car was also unregistered and uninsured and he didn't have his licence with him.

Thomsen, 17, who appeared to be amused by the proceedings, told the court he usually got a lift to work but on this occasion, his colleague was unable to go with him so he drove himself.

He said he "usually" just walked now that he had been "busted".

When the fine of $1250 was read out, Thomsen burst out laughing as if the magistrate had made a mistake but slowly changed his expression.

His licence was not disqualified.


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