A PORTLAND man will appeal a six-month jail sentence handed down in the Magistrates’ Court on Monday when he was convicted for the sixth time for driving whilst unlicensed or disqualified.
Aaron Pollard, 24 of 199 Bridgewater Lakes Rd pled not guilty to driving whilst disqualified, claiming he was at his parents’ house when the crime occurred but Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said the defence failed to create sufficient doubt with its alibi.
Senior Const Jarrod Anderson and Senior Constable Sally Fairweather told the court they had seen Pollard driving a blue Commodore sedan out of his driveway at Pile Court at 6pm, December 10, 2011.
Driving in the opposite direction to Pollard, both officers said they made eye-contact with him and recognised him as Pollard due to previous meetings.
Police then lost sight of the sedan after performing a u-turn to follow the car out of Pile Court into Francis St.
Pollard was charged with driving whilst disqualified 11 days later, but denied the crime to police at the time.
Pollard, his fiancée and sister gave evidence to the court, stating Pollard was at his parents’ house, working on his car between 2pm and 10pm and that it was fiancée who was driving the sedan, which belonged to Pollard’s sister.
Neither of the three defendants’ witnesses could agree on details regarding the time of the offence or when Pollard’s fiancée drove the sedan, however.
Read more in Wednesday’s edition of the Portland Observer.