Driver forgot he was banned

A MOTORIST who was stopped by police for driving while disqualified said he did it because he had so many convictions he could not remember them all.Jason Nicholls told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court he could not remember he had been banned because the day he received his disqualification he also appeared in court for numerous other offences and he could not remember all of the convictions.

A MOTORIST who was stopped by police for driving while disqualified said he did it because he had so many convictions he could not remember them all.

Jason Nicholls told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court he could not remember he had been banned because the day he received his disqualification he also appeared in court for numerous other offences and he could not remember all of the convictions.

However, the 20-year-old, of Bentley Road, Ipswich, had remembered a previous disqualification from driving and said he had waited until that one had finished before getting behind the wheel.

Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, said: “On April 22 2005 he was disqualified from driving for 18 months and it was during that time he was spotted by a Pc driving a red Ford Orion around Ipswich town centre.”

Nicholls accepted at the case that he was guilty of a charge of driving while disqualified.

Michael Stephenson, mitigating, said: “He was seen driving around Duke Street on March 5 by police officers who suspected he should not be driving.

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“He was given a 12 month driving ban on March 2 2005 and had waited until it finished to start driving again.

“He doesn't remember a second ban in April last year. At the time it was given he was in custody for a burglary offence and although he appeared in court from custody for the hearing there were other offences dealt with that day.

“He does not remember the ban because the other offences were deemed more important to remember.”

A pre-sentence report was asked for by magistrates before they sentence Nicholls.

He will appear in court again on May 11.

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