Driver intended to make necklace from bullets, court told
IT WAS no gold podium finish, nor a subtle snub of the law, when disqualified driver Paul Michael Simpson was busted by police behind the wheel driving a gold coloured BMW.
It was his second offence in six days.
Simpson, 28, was first stopped for driving when unlicensed on September 10 after losing his licence in August due to a build up of demerit points.
The ute he was then driving was quickly impounded by police.
Appearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court police prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said Simpson was caught driving at Barney Point on September 10 when unlicensed (demerit points), and caught driving unlicensed for a second time on September 16.
Sgt Gangemi said Simpson had been a passenger in a car that was stopped by police on September 15 with ammunition found during a search of his bag.
Simpson, from Mount Larcom, pleaded guilty to the two traffic offences and to possession of explosives without legal authority.
Sgt Gangemi said the search of his bag found eight rounds of 30-06 rifle ammunition with Simpson claiming he found somewhere in Barney Point.
Sgt Gangemi said when Simpson was caught driving the gold coloured BMW he told officers he was driving his mates around and "wasn't up to much".
He was well aware that he was unlicensed.
Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Simpson intended "to make a necklace" out of the bullets.
He said Simpson had not known he was unlicensed for three months in the first offence because he hadn't gone to the post office to collect his mail.
Mr Pepito said Simpson now understood that if he was caught driving again he would face a jail term.
Magistrate Mark Morrow fined Simpson $400 for the ammunition offence, $1000 for the driving offences with 12 months disqualification.