Man blames wife after being caught driving without licence
A HOUSEKEEPING misunderstanding has cost a 39-year-old man his licence for one month, as well as more than $1000 in fines.
Nicholas John Beven was spotted driving at 8.05pm on August 14 when police pulled him over.
After they ascertained Beven had been driving while his licence was suspended because of his failure to pay a fine, police searched the car.
Two clip-seal bags with 4.7g of cannabis were found in the centre console of the car, which led to Beven appearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court to face counts of driving without a licence and possession of a dangerous drug.
Beven argued that miscommunication between himself and his wife led to the suspension of his licence, as the direct debits that paid his fines were cancelled by his wife without his knowledge.
He was convicted, fined $400 and disqualified from driving for one month and convicted and fined $700 for the drugs possession charge.