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Doesn’t pay to ‘help a mate’

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By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)

An intended good deed to help his elderly grandmother has seen a 27-year old man suffer serious consequences from his actions.

Kane Riley appeared in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court on Friday 20 September, with a plea of guilty to driving during a lengthy licence disqualification period.

The court heard Riley was travelling north along Gisborne road when he was intercepted by police after making an illegal right turn on February 9 this year.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Adam McCormack told the court the accused’s licence had been disqualified for eight years and the vehicle he was driving at the time was registered to a different owner.

When arrested and questioned by police in March, Riley gave a no comment interview, saying the reason he was driving unlicensed was because he was “helping a mate”.

“He has a very troubled background,” the accused’s lawyer said.

“He was picking the car up to use on the property to collect firewood.

“He drove six or seven minutes into town and was picked up when dropping his friend off at the op-shop,” Riley’s lawyer continued.

“He had no intention to drive it on the road,” he said.

“If this is the only time he’s been driving in six or seven years and he’s been caught, he’s a very unlucky young man,” Prosecutor McCormack said.

Magistrate Letizia Torres told Riley that his offending was “very serious” and fined him $2000 with conviction.