Unlucky number 8 for driver slapped with jail time

A MOOLOOLABA man has been jailed for four months after being caught a staggering eight times in just over three years for driving while disqualified.

Corey Steven Kirwan, 23, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore Magistrates Court yesterday to a string of charges, including three of driving while his licence was disqualified - in April last year at Surfers Paradise, July last year at Mooloolaba, and August last year at Mountain Creek.

Kirwan had five previous disqualified driving offences between May and September, 2010.

"Today he is looking at disqualified driving offences six, seven and eight in a relatively short period of time," police prosecutor Senior Constable Stu Lydford told the court.

"He has shown little regard to periods of disqualification ordered by the courts, and continued to drive."

Kirwan, a prawn trawler fisherman, had been jailed three times previously for such offences.

His licence was further disqualified for three years in October, 2010.

The court heard it was not a case of whether Kirwan would be jailed, but a matter of how long.

"It is clear to me that you have this aggravating feature on your criminal history - ignoring court orders," Magistrate Graham Hillan said.

"It is clearly a blatant disregard.

"The courts take a dim view of those who continue to ignore court orders."

Kirwan was sentenced to 12 months in jail, to be released on parole on October 24 after serving four months.

"One word to say to you, you do not commit future offences, especially disqualified driving. It's only going to get more serious than it already is if you continue to ignore court orders," Mr Hillan said.

Kirwan also pleaded guilty to a number of stealing offences, including stealing stereo speakers, two XBox games, a motorbike helmet and 20 litres of fuel siphoned from a flatmate's car.

Kirwan also had two vehicles forfeited to the state.


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