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Driver off the market

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By Meg Kennedy

Local property mogul John Kontek recently found himself in some less-than-prime real estate: the Bacchus Marsh Courthouse.
Mr Kontek appeared before Magistrate Letizia Torres on Friday, 18 January, following an appearance in November last year before Magistrate Rob Saines.
The 91-year-old real estate tycoon was intercepted by police last year, after driving beyond his restricted limit of a 10-kilometre radius from his Keilor Park home. Kontek was allegedly driving to his holiday house in Torquay and was not in possession of his licence.
His lawyer told the court that Mr Kontek was driving “within and under the speed limit,” and the incident was “age-related, not recklessness.”
“He has supported refugees, has served as a Justice of the Peace and contributed to the community throughout his life,” his lawyer said.
“There are matters where diversion ought to be considered… [Mr Kontek] brings 81-years of positive credit to this court.”
Magistrate Torres adjourned the case for six months with no conviction, on the basis Mr Kontek maintain good behaviour.