Man sells dirt bike to pay court fines

IN WHAT a magistrate described as an "expensive little exercise", a Rockhampton man was forced to sell his dirt bike to pay for his second lot of court fines, totaling $3400, in two months.

Jayden Desmond Catlin pleaded guilty to three charges in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday, weeks after pleading guilty to a further six charges, all nine of which were committed while riding his dirt bike.

Police prosecutor Kathryn Stafford told the court police nabbed Catlin on a dirt road at 10.45am on December 18, seven days after he was suspended from holding or obtaining a license by a court.

The court heard Catlin told police he did not think the dirt road he was riding on was council controlled and he thought he was allowed to use it while unlicensed and with an unregistered vehicle.

Catlin pleaded guilty to one count each of riding an unregistered vehicle, riding an uninsured vehicle and riding with a court disqualified license.

In December, Catlin pleaded guilty to one count each of riding an unregistered vehicle, riding an uninsured vehicle, drink driving, riding unlicensed, riding without a helmet and allowing a passenger to ride without a helmet.

He was disqualified from holding or obtaining a license until March.

"I've sold my bike to pay the fines," Catlin told the court.

"The last lot were $1700 so I expect this lot to be about the same.

"It was a dirt road so I thought it wasn't a council road.

"Everyone rides bikes out there."

Magistrate Mark Morrow told Catlin while "everybody rode bikes out there", he expected they held a licence.

Mr Morrow said he "didn't want to disappoint" so matched the fines from December.

Catlin was fined $1700 for the fresh offences and disqualified from holding or obtaining a license for a further two years.


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