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No licence, no worries – drive to bank anyway

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

A man showed remorse when he appeared before Magistrate Alan Spillane in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday January 11, admitting to driving whilst his licence was cancelled.
It was alleged by the prosecutor, police officer Michael Patterson, that Edward Aquilina was travelling along Young Street Bacchus Marsh on September 30 last year.
The accused was intercepted by police who were patrolling that particular area of Bacchus Marsh.
Upon being intercepted by police, it was alleged the accused’s licence had been suspended for a period of two years from March 2018.
The prosecutor told the court “the reason the accused was driving, [despite the cancellation of his licence], was because he needed to go to the bank”.
“I’m sorry, that is correct,” the accused told Magistrate Spillane after his case had been heard.
“I shouldn’t have done it, I realise that. I made a mistake, I realise that,” he said.
Aquilina was convicted and fined a sum of $400. He was also ordered to pay $82.40 in statuary costs and all of the accused’s licences were cancelled and disqualified for 12-months.