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Repeat offender jailed for three months

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A MAN who admitted his second offence of driving while disqualified in three years has been jailed for three months.

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And Anthony John Bouchard (66), of Rue de Patier, St Saviour, was also banned from driving for 18 months.

The Magistrate’s Court heard that Bouchard had been banned from driving in 2016 and although his disqualification ended in early 2017, he did not retake his driving test and was therefore still disqualified.

Centenier John Camara said that Bouchard’s vehicle first came to the attention of the St Ouen authorities on 2 May when it was parked in a reserved parking space. The police knew the car was registered to a man known to be disqualified from driving.

A police officer reported seeing Bouchard driving the blue Mini Cooper in St Ouen on 8 May, noting that he had a good view of the defendant and was confident that it was him.

A different officer saw the Mini Cooper being driven into the Jardin à Pommiers estate in St Saviour on 8 May and Bouchard was arrested on 19 May on suspicion of driving while disqualified.

Advocate Catriona Fogarty, defending, said that the 2016 offence was committed when her client went to a chemist to collect his late wife’s medication. She said that on this occasion he drove to St Ouen to help a friend without thinking about the implications.

Relief Magistrate Sarah Fitz said that a prison sentence could not be avoided as he had previously been convicted of driving while disqualified.

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