Disqualified driver had four previous convictions

Lincolnshire Police
Lincolnshire Police

A 29 year old Mablethorpe man had four previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified, a court has been told.

Matthew James Cousins of Kingsley Road, admitted driving whilst disqualified and without insurance in Alford Road, Mablethorpe on May 16, when he appeared before District Judge Murray sitting at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that Cousins, who was disqualified from driving in 2002 until he had passed an extended driving test, was seen on CCTV images at a petrol station, driving a car in and filling it up with petrol, but had never taken the test.Phillipa Chatterton, mitigating, said that Cousins had been convicted of dangerous driving in 2002 and disqualified and had four previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified.

She said that in September 2011, Cousins had suffered a stroke and now his memory was affected so that he had no memory of these convictions.

“He honestly believed his disqualification had expired,” she said, adding that he had got a provisional driving licence and was taking driving lessons.

She said Cousins had driven on this day because he was selling a car and had promised the buyer that he would fill it up with fuel so had driven to his nearest petrol station.

Judge Murray adjourned for sentence on February 17 and ordered a report from the Probation Service.