Mother-in-law speaks up for deaf defendant

A 22-YEAR-OLD man with a hearing impairment was fined $100 in Ipswich Magistrates Court after driving while his licence was suspended.

Mathew Phillip Grivas Promnitz brought his mother-in-law to court on Monday to help him communicate with Magistrate Donna MacCallum.

The court was told that police caught Promnitz driving in Riverview on July 17 while his licence had been suspended since December last year.

Promnitz's mother-in-law asked him whether he was guilty or not guilty by writing it on a piece of paper.

He replied to the question in writing.

“He did it!” his mother-in-law said.

Promnitz said through his mother-in-law that he had changed address and his mail had not been forwarded.

She said he told her therefore that he had not known that he had been suspended.

Promnitz was also disqualified from driving for one month.



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