Warwick man racks up $6200 in court fines, faces court again
A MAGISTRATE refused to issue Michael Edward Redgwell with another court fine after it was discovered the Warwick man already owed $6200 and hadn't made a payment in three years.
Redgwell fronted Warwick Magistrates Court on Friday, pleading guilty to driving in charge of a vehicle while under the influence of liquor after he rode a bicycle while drunk.
Lawyer Nathan Bouchier said Redgwell had been drinking on New Years Eve before he jumped on the bicycle and rode on Locke St.
"He expressed surprise when he was told it's an offence to ride a push bike under the influence of liquor,” Mr Bouchier said.
"He thought he was doing the right thing, but it's a hard lesson to learn.”
The court heard the 41-year-old had been nabbed drink driving three times in the past and had also been charged twice after driving under the influence of drugs.
Acting Magistrate Jason Schubert asked how much Redgwell owed to SPER in court fines and the Warwick man estimated the amount to be $2000.
But upon looking up his records, Mr Schubert discovered Redgwell really owed $6200.
"If the court was to add to that, I'm not confident that it would serve any deterrent,” Mr Schubert said.
When pressed about a penalty other than a fine, Mr Bouchier said community service would not be appropriate as Redgwell was working full time.
He also questioned whether "burdening the probation offices” would deter Redgwell.
But Mr Schubert concluded six months probation would be the best option due to Redgwell's history and his "difficulty to comply with requirements”.
"He's just come off parole period, he's now committed an offence and it is at the lower end, but he's a person who's not paid a payment towards his SPER debt,” Mr Schubert said.
"You are on the road where cars are also driving, your act introduces unnecessary risk to other road users.”
Redgwell was warned that if he was to commit another offence, he would be resentenced in court.