Jail for serial driving offender
RAYMOND Clyde East is a man who could not resist the lure of a car’s wheel and could sleep anywhere, a quality that could be helpful during his three-month stint in prison.
While waiting for his turn at the Warwick Magistrates Court on Wednesday, East sat in the public gallery, eyes rolled in the back of his head as his head lazily lolled back and finally rested comfortably with chin on his chest.
The serial motoring pest’s doze was momentarily interrupted when he was called to enter his plea of guilty to driving while disqualified about 9.50pm on December 9.
The police prosecutor told the court East was disqualified from driving on September 3 and received four months jail to be suspended for two years after serving one month and banned from driving for two years.
East was out of jail for only two months before he jumped behind the wheel in December.
The repeat unlicensed driver had four pages of traffic history.
The bleary-eyed 29-year-old could not resume his composure at the bar as he lightly dozed while Magistrate Anne Thacker sentenced him.
“You leave this court with no alternative,” Magistrate Thacker said.
East was convicted and sentenced to three months in prison and will be released on May 10.
The 29-year-old pensioner was unfazed by his sentence and spoke over the top of Magistrate Thacker, saying, “Whatever. Do what you gotta do”.
However, East had enough presence of mind to know he was going for a state-funded holiday as he brought a bag of belongings with him to the courthouse to take to prison.