Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 14°C

Search

Ipswich: Driving menace John Moir spared prison for 44th disqualified driving offence despite being jailed last year

PUBLISHED: 13:13 10 April 2014 | UPDATED: 13:13 10 April 2014

John Moir

John Moir

A leading road safety charity has called for tougher sentences after serial offender John Moir was spared jail for flouting a driving ban for the 44th time.

Moir, of Fore Street, Ipswich, was given a suspended prison sentence by the town’s magistrates despite being jailed for 10 months last year for his 43rd driving while disqualified offence and two counts of theft.

He was also imprisoned in 2011 and 2012 after driving while disqualified.

Moir now has more than 220 previous offences to his name. In 2010 he almost killed pedestrian Simon Jacobs in a hit and run in Ipswich, after running a red light while banned from the road.

When Moir appeared before magistrates last year the court heard he described his disregard for bans to police as “a game of cat and mouse”. He had also told officers “Going to prison won’t stop me.”

Following that case Mr Jacobs said: “He has left me with a life sentence, I will never get over my injuries.

“It is only a matter of time before he kills someone.”

At Moir’s latest sentencing the 47-year-old was given 16 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months after admitting driving while disqualified, having no insurance and careless driving.

Afterwards Ed Morrow, campaigns officer for road safety charity Brake, said: “Drivers who flout bans are making a mockery of the justice system.

“We cannot keep on allowing drivers, who have repeatedly proven they have no respect for the law or for the lives of others, back onto the road.

“We need the government to get tough with serial offenders by giving judges the power to hand out higher sentences, up to two years, for those who are repeatedly caught driving while disqualified.”

Magistrates had been told plain clothes police in an unmarked car followed Moir’s Vauxhall Astra on March 14.

As he drove along Linstead Road near Cratfield, close to Halesworth, Moir repeatedly locked the vehicle’s brakes and almost lost control on bends.

At one stage the Vauxhall was travelling at 50mph in a 30mph zone.

When eventually stopped Moir moved into the passenger seat where his partner had been sitting, but was still arrested because of his previous crimes.

Claire Hullock, mitigating, said Moir’s then partner had been driving but became upset when she got lost. Moir decided she was in no condition to drive and took over.

Miss Hullock said her client was remorseful and realised what he did was unacceptable.

Chairman of the bench Leisha Clein said magistrates had taken Moir’s guilty pleas and several references into account.

In addition to the suspended sentence Moir was banned from driving until October 2016, ordered to complete 240 hours’ unpaid work and must pay £80 to the victims’ fund

Ms Clein added: “If you drive while disqualified for whatever reason there is a good chance you will be going into custody.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Police have been tackling regular anti-social behaviour around Ipswich Waterfront – with Suffolk New College grounds among those where the problems have been spotted.

A motocross enthusiast has called for better facilities for young riders in Suffolk after long-running concerns about illegal racing resurfaced.

The law firm representing former pupils of the disgraced Oakwood School in Stowmarket say their clients have received more than £2million in compensation from Suffolk County Council.

The founder of a charity that supports sexually abused children in Suffolk has given an insight into what it’s like working in this harrowing field as the organisation marks its fifth birthday.

The most popular baby names for 2016 in England and Wales have been revealed with Olivia and Oliver being ranked as the number one choices.

Family and friends have raised a glass for Muriel ‘Midge’ Barker – who celebrates her 106th birthday on Friday

With the weekend only a few days away you might be wondering how you are going to spend it, check out our what’s on guide for events near you.

The first of two exhibition sessions detailing options for a new bypass on the A12 in Suffolk was held yesterday – with about 70 people attending.

Parents have been urged to read more often to their children after research found almost half feel they do not set a good example at home across East Anglia.

A woman and three teenagers have appeared in court charged with Class A drugs offences in Ipswich.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24