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Jail for unlawful actions

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

Multiple offences which were described by Magistrate Ron Saines as “serious examples of dishonesty”, saw a new father face a term of imprisonment for his unlawful actions.
Magistrate Saines said in the Bacchus Marsh court on Friday 28 June that Dirk Boyes had pleaded guilty to 21-charges earlier this year, which included unlicensed driving, drug driving and driving an unregistered vehicle.
The court heard the accused had also made a plea guilty at an earlier date to nine offences of theft, burglary, handling stolen goods and breach of bail, where he offended whilst he was on bail.
“Your failure to answer bail resulted in a warrant,” Magistrate Saines said.
“After the offending on January 11 the police couldn’t find you – you were on the run,” he said.
Magistrate Saines went on to say Boyes had “driven on a regular basis” despite being disqualified from driving, and that his guilty plea was a depiction of his remorse.
“You have prospects of rehabilitation, but significant crime brings significant consequences,” Magistrate Saines told Boyes.
“No sentence besides imprisonment is appropriate now,” he said.
Boyes had served 107 days in custody on the day of his hearing [June 28] and was sentenced to a further nine months’ imprisonment.
Boyes’ licence was disqualified for 12-months and was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid community work upon his release from prison.