Man forced to ask court for jail sentence

A COLEAMBALLY business man was forced to ask a district court judge to change his drink driving sentence to a more severe sentence of imprisonment.

A man was forced to ask court for a harsher sentence after he was sentenced to community service work which he cannot do in his hometown of Coleambally due to a lack of available work.

A man was forced to ask court for a harsher sentence after he was sentenced to community service work which he cannot do in his hometown of Coleambally due to a lack of available work.

In Griffith Local Court in May this year Steven James Wilson was found guilty of high range drink driving after he was caught with a blood alcohol reading of 0.175.

He was sentenced to community services work and had his license disqualified for 15 months.

But on Monday the father-of-three appeared in Griffith District Court and asked judge John Williams to impose a more severe sentence of imprisonment instead of community services.

The court heard there was not any community corrections services work available in Mr Wilson's home town of Coleambally and due to his suspended license Mr Wilson was unable to travel to Leeton or Griffith to serve his hours.

Judge Williams heard that Mr Wilson's wife was unable to "ferry him around" as she had to look after the couple's three children.

"It is somewhat of an unusual case to ask to have a more severe sentencing imposed," Mr Williams said.

"But I understand there is no community service available in Coleambally and Mr Wilson does not have any form of transport to get to a place that offers community corrections."

Judge Williams ordered for the community service sentence to be quashed and to be replaced with a suspended sentence of nine months imprisonment.

The judge placed Mr Wilson on a nine-months good behaviour bond which, if breached by any means, could lead to custody.

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