Unemployed man risked a drive to 'earn needed bucks'
OUT of work for more than four months, Cameron Thoms risked driving on a disqualified licence so he could earn a few bucks.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Jo Colston told Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday Thoms had been intercepted by police while driving in Carole Park on April 28.
The 23-year-old was observed towing on old car on the back of a trailer.
When police pulled Thoms over and asked if he had a licence, he informed them it had been disqualified.
Defence lawyer Tim Clements said Thoms, a steel fixer by trade, had been towing the car to the scrapyard, to receive money for it.
"He's been out of work for the last four months," Mr Clements said.
"This is the longest he's been unemployed in the past 10 years.
"He currently lives with his parents and his seven-month-old son and has been actively looking for work."
Mr Clements said Thoms was taking the vehicle to the scrapyard because he needed the money.
He said he realised it was "a stupid thing to do".
Thoms pleaded guilty to driving without a licence while disqualified by a court order.
He was convicted and sentenced to two months' imprisonment, suspended for two years.