Police want to jail Woori mayor
A CENTRAL Queensland mayor campaigning for re-election was surprised yesterday to find police want him locked up.
Police have appealed a magistrate's decision as "manifestly inadequate" after Woorabinda Mayor Christopher Paul Adams escaped serving time behind bars.
In February, Magistrate Annette Hennessey sentenced Cr Adams to three months in jail, with an immediate parole release date, after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.
Cr Adams was also disqualified from holding a licence for four years.
The court had heard he was a repeat offender with a lengthy traffic history.
Senior Constable Chris Hayes logged an appeal with the Rockhampton District Court this week, arguing the sentence was inadequate given all of the circumstances.
But Cr Adams hit back yesterday, saying the matter had been dealt with by the courts.
He felt he had been singled out and it couldn't come at a worse time with the impending council election.
"I know I have done the wrong thing ... I had no good reason to be driving, but I have learnt my lesson," Cr Adams said.
"Things like this can make it or break it (re-election)... this has been dealt with so why is it becoming an issue now."
He said Magistrate Hennessey warned him he would go to jail if he re-offended.
Since his court appearance, Cr Adams said he had sold his car "to get rid of any temptation".
However his duties as the leader of the Aboriginal community require frequent travelling.
Cr Adams said he had spoken to the council about employing a driver for him and he was also relying on the support of fellow councillors for lifts.
Meanwhile, he said he was working with other members of the community helping them to address anti-social problems.
Cr Adams wants to raise awareness of the problems that can arise when people don't pay SPER (State Penalties Enforcement Registry) fines. He said Woorabinda needed a full-time solicitor based in the community.
Cr Adams was elected mayor in April last year with 76 votes after the former mayor Roderick Tobane stood down.