Welder disqualified from driving by magistrates

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

Beverley Magistrates Court ps1005-19

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A Latvian man who works in Beverley as a welder has been jailed for 16 weeks for driving while disqualified.

Santo Beitens, 43, appeared alongside a translator at Beverley Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that he was caught by police at 7am while driving to work - despite being banned.

Mitigating, Lindsay Kirk said that, since his driving ban, Beitens had made an arrangement with a friend to give him a lift to and from work, but on the morning in question his friend had rang to say he couldn’t make it.

She said: “Mr Beitens panicked and was concerned he would not be able to get to work. As a consequence he took the rather foolish decision to drive.

“His job is important to him due to the fact that he supports family back in Latvia. His mother is 73 and is in ill-health and relies on the financial support he sends to her.”

She added: “He works as a welder in Beverley and has been employed in the job for five years. He lives in Goole so has a considerable distance to travel.” But district judge Frederick Rutherford said Beitens, who lives at Gordon Street, Goole, had “an appalling record of motoring offences.”

He told him: “The fact that you were driving a vehicle at all just reinforces the point that you have no regard at all for court orders.”

Beitens was disqualified from driving again for two years. He also pleaded guilty to an offence of driving without insurance for which there was no separate penalty, however his licence was endorsed.

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