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Jail time for Marystown man convicted of driving with suspended licence


Kelt Pardy of Marystown was sentenced to six and a half months in jail Monday for four offences of driving while his licence was suspended.

Judge Harold Porter handed out the sentence at provincial court in Clarenville.

According to the facts of the case, despite the fact he does not have a valid driver’s licence, Pardy was seen driving a motor vehicle in Marystown on Nov. 23, 2015, and on Jan. 23, March 18 and April 3 of this year.

After previously seizing and impounding his vehicle for 30 days, when Pardy was stopped by police on April 3, he was also detained for court, where he was denied bail and held in custody until this week’s sentencing.

According to Porter’s written decision, an abstract from the Registrar of Motor Vehicles shows Pardy has had 13 convictions for breaches of the Highway Traffic Act between Jan. 4, 2012 and Oct. 22, 2015.

Among the convictions, Pardy has been found guilty of operating an unlicenced vehicle, operating an uninsured vehicle, not wearing a seatbelt, driving to the left of the centre line of the roadway and multiple counts of speeding. His driving licence has been suspended on more than one occasion, most recently Oct. 22, 2015.

As well, Pardy, who presently owes more than $2,600 in fines, has twice been previously convicted for impaired driving.

“It is clear that the only real sentencing option now available for the accused is the imposition of a term of incarceration,” Porter wrote.

Porter reduced the sentence for time on remand while Pardy was waiting to be sentenced, leaving him with just over three months left to serve. 

“It should be clear to the accused that the courts follow a graduated process in sentencing,” Porter wrote.

“As a result, the accused must understand that the next time that he is caught driving without a valid driver’s licence, he must expect an even longer sentence of imprisonment.”

pherridge@southerngazette.ca

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