Custody for illegal moped teen

AN 18-year-old who drove a moped just days after being disqualified from driving, has been sent into custody by magistrates at Skegness.

Robert James Gadsby of Kings Avenue, Skegness pleaded guilty last week to driving whilst disqualified and without insurance on May 13.

The court heard he had been disqualified from driving for 12 months on April 26, and a 12 week suspended prison sentence imposed the previous November had been extended by six months.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Gadsby was stopped by police in Ingoldmells because his passenger on the moped was not wearing a crash helmet.

He admitted to them that he was disqualified from driving and had no insurance.

Mitigating, Andrea Wilkes said that what Gadsby had done was ‘silly and foolish’.

She said Gadsby had a job in a pub and because he had left it too late to get to work he had decided to drive his moped.

His passenger was a friend who was staying with him and also worked at the pub.

The magistrates said it was the second occasion he had appeared and they had no alternative but to activate the suspended sentence.

The chairman said they would take into account the letters of recommendation they had received and would order him to serve six weeks in custody, rather than 12 weeks.

For driving whilst disqualified, he was sentenced to a further six weeks in custody to be served concurrently. There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance but he was disqualified from driving for a further 12 months.