'You're a disgrace': Miner's shocking traffic history aired

Mackay Magistrate Court heard Andrew Laurence Duggan has been convicted of drink-driving six times and has racked up more than 80 points on his licence.
Mackay Magistrate Court heard Andrew Laurence Duggan has been convicted of drink-driving six times and has racked up more than 80 points on his licence. Facebook

AN East Mackay miner who's racked up more than 80 points on his licence, including 17 since February, has been caught drink-driving six times.

Andrew Laurence Duggan walked into Mackay Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to a relatively minor charge of driving without a licence.

Tuesday's routine case was proceeding as normal - until Magistrate Damien Dwyer spotted Duggan's lengthy traffic history.

"I sit up here all day every day Mr Duggan and I've got mandatory sentencing regimes (which have) come in. It says for certain offences I must impose a certain penalty. For this as well. So you must be disqualified for six months, that's what the laws says," he said.

"I sit here and I say 'well that's a bit tough ... that young lady didn't deserve that', but that's what the laws says.

"You're the other side of the cycle, Mr Duggan ...

"You are an absolute disgrace. You should not have a licence, you are too immature to have a licence and if it was up to me you wouldn't have a licence for a very, very long time."

Duggan did not respond to the criticism.

The 39-year-old was caught by police on mobile patrols driving without a licence at Glenella on July 1.


Police prosecutor Sergeant Sabine Scott provided Duggan's history and the facts of the case.

She said Duggan had told police he wasn't aware his licence had been lost.

Defence solicitor Rosie Varley described Duggan as a recently unemployed dad of one who'd worked as a mine mechanic in the Bowen Basin until a month ago.

She said Duggan had made an early guilty plea and was remorseful, and repeated Duggan wasn't aware his licence had been disqualified.

Mr Dwyer said he didn't believe that whatsoever.

"How couldn't he be aware? He's lost 17 points in the last six months," he exclaimed.

Ms Varley said she wasn't able to take that particular submission any further.

The magistrate gave Duggan a dressing down and warned him against any further traffic offences.

Duggan's licence was disqualified for six months and he was fined $900.

Topics:  drink driving driving without a licence east mackay glenella mackay court mackay crime mackay magistrates court

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