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“Sorry”, court hears

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By Caitlin Bewley
(3rd Yr Swinburne Uni)

A man has apologised to the court after appearing before Magistrate Tom Barrett for a single charge of speeding.
Wayne McKay entered a plea of guilty in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court of Friday 21 February.
Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Adam McCormack told the court McKay was seen travelling in a westerly direction along Griffith Street, Maddingley on September 2, 2018.
“The accused was travelling in a white Holden sedan at a fast rate of speed when he was later intercepted between Franklin and Barry Street,” the prosecution said.
The court heard a laser was used to detect the speed of McKay, with Senior Sergeant McCormack saying the accused was travelling at 73kp/h in a 60kp/h zone.
McKay was originally issued a penalty notice and was ordered to pay $322 in fines, telling police his reason for speeding was, “the car in front was blowing smoke and [he] couldn’t handle it.”
“I apologise for missing the last court date and I apologise for taking the time of the court today,” McKay said.
The initial fine of $322 was reimposed by Magistrate Barrett