A COURT was stunned after a Chadwell man escaped jail despite pleading guilty to his fifth disqualified driving offence.
Michael Elvis Pasquale, 33, Orsett Heath Road, Chadwell St Mary had brought his suitcase to Grays magistrates court expecting a custodial sentence.
He was stopped by police on the 17th August riding a high powered 750cc Suzuki motorbike on Bridge Road, Grays.
He informed police he was going to drop off vehicle forms. Asked why he didn’t take a taxi he replied that he didn’t have any money
The court heard that the self-employed businessmen had never held a driving licence but had been convicted of being a disqualified driver in 1995 when he was 17 and also in 1998, 2006,2009.
In mitigation, defending solicitor, Mr Witherspoon told the court” “There is no mitigation but my client has two children. Their mother is in custody and they risk going into care should my client go into prison.
Chair of magistrates, Wendy Black sentenced Mr Pasquale.
She said: “You have shown a total disregard for the law. The maximum tariff is 26 weeks in prison. Your children would be at a disadvantage so I am going to sentence you to 16 weeks but suspended for twelve months. You must also serve 200 hours of unpaid work.”