Man faints at jail threat

A MAN terrified of returning to jail passed out while receiving his sentence in Warwick Magistrates Court.

James Anthony Preston, 37, appeared after being caught driving with a disqualified licence. Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan told the court Preston had four pages of criminal history from NSW and five pages of Queensland traffic history.

"He told police he was driving because he was picking up a bike for his son that he had purchased on Facebook," he said.

"He's got children ranging from ages one to 16.

"He's not working either your honour."

Magistrate Graham Lee was annoyed Preston didn't seem to take the law seriously.

"He's been in jail before, had countless traffic offences and continues to do the wrong thing," he said. Defence lawyer Phillip Crook said Preston's family suffered from his foolishness and he had recently signed a new lease on a house.

"His partner doesn't work either," Mr Crook said.

Mr Lee wanted to know how Preston got a lease and paid for food for his family.

"He's on a disability pension and is on Newstart allowance, he gets over $1800 a fortnight for the children," Crook said. Mr Lee sent Preston to the watch house while he made his decision. Preston returned from the watch house in tears telling his family in the gallery he "couldn't do it again."

Mr Lee said it was a very serious matter however he would sentence Preston to 12 months jail, given parole immediately.

Preston fainted as Mr Lee read the sentence. After a glass of water and a tissue from his mum, Preston walked away a free man.



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