Banned driver given a further ban and suspended sentence.

Justice, above the Old Bailey - A picture of the statue above the Old Bailey, London.
@Memnon (2173)
July 9, 2010 11:05pm CST
Lancashire, UK. Recently, a 33 year old driver was handed down a driving ban, 120 hours voluntary work, and a 60 day suspended sentence, after being arrested driving a friend's car (plea was that he was helping the friend), whilst only 6 months into a 2009 ban for drink driving. That sounds bad enough. He also has a further 15 previous bans for other motoring offences, making this his 17th ban. That's a ban a year if he passed his test at 16! In addition he has convictions for criminal damage and burglary. Now I know that UK jails are fit to burst, but surely he deserves more than a further ban, which I somehow expect him to defy. What would you have done with him?
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@ellie333 (21029)
10 Jul 10
Hi Memnon, I agree with this many previous convictions I would have given a lot more hours community service, tagged him so he still had his freedom but within his own home of an evening, fined him a lot and also given a much longer suspended sentence so that if he did reoffend within a certain time he would be sent to jail. My own younger brother was jailed for 6 weeks because he drove my dads car to work whilst on a ban and the short sharp shock treatment made himturn his life around and now at 25 he is a respponsible father, driver and has a good trade behind him. Huggles. Ellie :D
@Memnon (2173)
11 Jul 10
With 16 previous bans, other offences, and relatively lenient treatment, I'm not sure that this man will ever accept court judgements. There has been no mention of a fine, which leaves me with the impression that he is either on JSA or minimum wage. So tempting to suggest IED clearance, but that's not very 21st century. I think this is a guy who needs to be behind bars before he either kills or injures someone who will have no compensation, since he will not be insured.