Biloela man narrowly avoids jail time
A MAGISTRATE has told a Biloela man that this is his last chance before facing a stint in jail.
Wade Cupitt pleaded guilty to seven charges in the Biloela Magistrates court on November 13 across the period of June 25 to August 15.
The seven charges included either drug related, driving under a suspended licence and wilful damage.
Rockhampton Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale was not satisfied with Mr Cupitt and his defence lawyer R.C. Parks’s verbal submission that Mr Cupitt had turned a corner by being clean for three weeks.
“You’re going to come away with a lengthy term of not being able to drive and if you drive you’ll go to jail because I’m imposing terms of imprisonment for the two most serious driving offences,” Ms Beckinsale said.
“I am going to accept the submission that you can operate as your own jailer and it’s my idea you’ll go home today and not to prison but you can’t have any slip ups. “
Ms Beckinsale handed Mr Cupitt a sentence of a driving disqualification period of four years and six months, $700 in fines and 14 days’ imprisonment for wilful damage.
“Since he’s been seeing us he has taken on board that he can’t have people in his house who are using drugs,” Mr Parks said.
“He deserves this one last opportunity, the jails are full enough already of people who aren’t going to do something for themselves.”
Mr Cupitt also contravened a 140-hour community service order from Queensland Corrective Services imposed on January 31, 2018 – having completed only 20 hours of community service.