'Blind' driver offends again

21:02, May 24 2012

A man who's too blind to do community work was in court again for driving without a licence.

Hamilton man Hamish Shane Kidwell, 47, who has glaucoma and wore sunglasses during his appearance in Hamilton District Court yesterday, has now been caught driving without a licence more than 10 times.

He was stopped on November 23 and when police informed him they would be impounding the vehicle he became aggressive, repeatedly slamming the car door and refusing to hand over the keys.

When he subsequently appeared in court in January he was given a chance to get his licence but his eyes were not up to it.

"I went to the AA and they told me to go to the hospital to get my eyes fixed," Kidwell said.

Judge Merelina Burnett said his behaviour "represented a grave risk to the community" and fined him $800, as well as disqualifying him from driving for six years.

"If you drive again you'll be facing a prison sentence," the judge said.

The Waikato Times later saw him getting on a bus.

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