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The ‘dog eats licence’ defence has no bite in Magistrates Court

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August 26, 2017

A MAN who had blamed his pet dog for ‘‘eating his licence’’ when he was stopped by the police last week appeared before Echuca Magistrates Court.

A MAN who had blamed his pet dog for ‘‘eating his licence’’ when he was stopped by the police last week appeared before Echuca Magistrates Court.

Brayden Keith Maloney, 24, pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday to driving an unregistered vehicle, failing to produce a licence and failing to display P plates.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Maloney was stopped for a routine check in Haslem St, Kyabram, about 11.15pm on June 29.

‘‘He had no licence with him ... and his registration had expired on April 29,’’ Snr Constable Rennie said.

‘‘He said he was aware his registration was expired but did not want to pay because his car would be disposed of soon.

‘‘He told police he used his car to get to work and back because there was no public transport.’’

Representing himself, Maloney said he had recently moved down from Ayers Rock where he had been working.

‘‘The reason I didn’t have my wallet was because my dog ate my licence. It has bite marks on it,’’ he said.

Magistrate Michael King said because of Maloney’s lack of driving history, he would not record a conviction, but fined him $900.

‘‘If you drive, you need to obey the traffic laws,’’ Dr King said.

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