Sentence without jail time for unlicensed driver
IN 18 years time, Dennis John Davies will be eligible to apply for a driver's licence.
The 47-year-old had his licence disqualified by the NSW court at Maitland until 2032 after a motorbike accident.
Davies, who now lives in Clifton, was caught driving to a friend's house on June 21, last year.
Police also conducted a search of his home and found marijuana seeds and plants along with a bong and two grinders.
Police also found nine seedlings neatly planted.
Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan said Davies had pages of criminal history dating back to the early '80s.
Defence lawyer Geoff Hobson said the bong and the drugs located weren't his client's.
"They had been left at his house by someone else," Mr Hobson said.
Mr Hobson said Davies was driving on June 21, 2013, because he was in a great deal of pain due to a hernia.
"Many years ago he was in an accident that caused testicular injuries and a hernia," he said.
"He was in pain and made the wrong decision to drive, but he didn't want to waste the time of the emergency services.
"He had a bad relationship with the police in NSW after he was allegedly assaulted by them, but now has a good relationship with the Clifton police."
Mr Hobson asked Magistrate Graham Lee to consider Davies had been out of trouble for the past nine years.
"He just wants to lead the quiet life in Clifton," he said.
Mr Lee sentenced Davies to eight months jail wholly suspended and fined him $1000, deferred to SPER.