This morning [Sept 7] in Magistrates Court 22-year-old Umdae Woolridge was sent to prison for ten days for riding while disqualified for a third time. Police had stopped Mr Woolridge in St George’s at 8:45am on 6th September 2012.
Explaining his reasons, Mr Woolridge told Senior Magistrate Archie Woolridge that: “I just didn’t think I would get caught. I didn’t think I would see Police at that time of the morning when I was going to get Pampers. I needed Pampers. It was just 8:45. I just dropped my son off at school.”
In the public gallery, a woman stood and said that she was Mr Woolridge’s friend. She told the Magistrate that Mr Woolridge was telling the truth about going for Pampers for her son. She told the Magistrate: “He helps with my son.”
A man stood and said that he had been ‘towing’Mr Woolridge so that he could get around and do things. He told the Magistrate that at the time, he had not been in a position to give Mr Woolridge a ride.
Commenting on his “atrocious record” of traffic offences and noting that he had 51 Demerit Points; the Senior Magistrate fined Mr Woolridge $500 for the riding whilst disqualified offence and also ordered a ten day prison sentence. Mr Woolridge made a last plea for leniency but the Magistrate did not respond to his plea.
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