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Ten times banned driver jailed

PUBLISHED: 00:11 03 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:27 03 March 2010

BANNED motorist Jamie Nicholls is behind bars today after repeatedly driving while disqualified.

Nicholls was sentenced to 20 months jail at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich after he was caught behind the wheel of a car on October 17 last year.

BANNED motorist Jamie Nicholls is behind bars today after repeatedly driving while disqualified.

Nicholls was sentenced to 20 months jail at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich after he was caught behind the wheel of a car on October 17 last year.

Sentencing Nicholls, Patrick Oudkirk, chairman of the bench, took into account an early guilty plea, but said: "An aggravating feature is nine previous driving whilst disqualified."

Father-to-be Nicholls was earlier cleared of burglary of Horners Village Store in Yoxford on the same date along with a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard money was stolen from a safe in an office at the store and 20 minutes later police stopped a vehicle with cash in the back driven by Nicholls on the A14 at Martlesham.

Prosecutor Joanne Bradbury told the magistrates the pair were arrested and a third person – who was in the back of the car – fled the scene and still hasn't been found.

Defence solicitors Gulshanah Choudhuri, for Nicholls, and Ian Duckworth, mitigating for the youth, offered no case to answer.

Both the youth and Nicholls had denied burglary. They were also cleared of an alternative charge of handling.

Mr Duckworth said: "There is no way on earth this was pre-planned by one, two, three, four people."

He said the circumstances were that a customer asked for some stamps a shop worker left to get some more from a safe in a locked room, which was unfortunately left insecure.

Both defence solicitors argued the only person who fitted the descriptions was in the back of the car and ran off.

Items which police linked to the alleged burglary were found in the back seat.

But this didn't mean that either of the defendants were involved or had any knowledge of the burglary.

Mr Oudkirk said that descriptions given by prosecution witnesses were poor and there was no evidence that puts 21-year-old Nicholls in the store or even in Yoxford.

He added there was no evidence that either defendant knew what was in the back of the car.

Nicholls, of Landseer Road, Ipswich, had also received an 18 month driving ban for driving while disqualified on October 17 but no separate penalty for no insurance.

He was given no separate penalty for fraudulent use of a tax disc, which he also admitted.


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