Bad, bad driving record puts Leroy Brown in jail

BEING bad has cost South Grafton's Leroy Brown his liberty for the next year.

Yesterday Brown, 36, fronted Grafton Local Court facing charges of driving while disqualified and driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

These charges put him in breach of a nine-month suspended jail sentence handed down in May last year after Brown was detected driving while disqualified at Junction Hill last year.

Police became aware of Brown's latest offence when they received a tip-off on October 16 last year from a witness worried about an unregistered Daewoo Nubira station wagon parked near his home in South Grafton.

Officers learned Brown had driven the car from his home in Maxwell Ave to McCosker St, where it had broken down.

Before police arrived he towed it back to his home in Maxwell Ave, where police found it parked outside.

Police said Brown came out to talk to them and claimed he had taken the Daewoo for a test drive two months previously and it had broken down in McCosker St.

He said he had just arranged to have it towed home.

But later, in a recorded interview, Brown made full admissions about driving the vehicle while disqualified, unregistered and uninsured.

In court yesterday Brown's solicitor, John Kelly, said his client had been involved in an accident which had left with him with a brain injury.

"This has affected his ability to think and he's a slow learner," Mr Kelly said.

Magistrate Jeff Linden said Brown's criminal record was appalling, reading out a string of convictions over the past decade including several drive-while-disqualified convictions.

He ordered Brown serve a fixed nine-month sentence for the breach of his bond and a further 15-months in jail for the latest offence, with a three-month non-parole period

Brown will be eligible for parole on July 1 next year.

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