Disqualified driver to serve nine months in jail

SEVEN days after his release on parole on drug and dishonesty offences Jeramie John Distefano was burning rubber around South Mackay with a 0.129% BAC.

The 24 year old already had been disqualified from driving for 30 months.

Five days after that, he was caught disqualified driving again.

Distefano was in the prisoner's dock at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday for those charges, after having been extradited from Victoria where he had served six months behind bars for offences down there.

Duty lawyer Tim Clements told the court his client had spent four to five of his six adult years in jail across the two states.

He said three significant life events had caused problems in Distefano's life.

Mr Clements said Distefano lost his mother at age 15 and had been receiving incremental payments from a $750,000 life insurance policy since age 18.

He said Distefano used the first one to establish a furniture removal business that his partner was operating.

Mr Clements said Distefano had four children but lost one, aged two, in a crash.

He said the third event, being assaulted in prison, was the one that sent him spiralling to a drug addiction.

The court heard Distefano's full-time prison release date on other offences was in April next year.

Magistrate Anthony Gett said Distefano should be jailed for these new offences too.

He ordered Distefano to serve nine months in jail but set parole eligibility for August 27.

Distefano is disqualified from driving for two years. - ARM NEWSDESK


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