Jail sends message

Last updated 14:50 07/12/2012

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An Inglewood man caught drink- diving for the fifth time was told he was not getting the message.

Tony Watson Simpson, 40, continued to make irresponsible decisions despite his age, Judge Allan Roberts told him in the New Plymouth District Court yesterday. Twenty years after his first conviction he was in exactly the same position.

His lawyer, Amy Dallison, asked for the least restrictive penalty and rehabilitation. He had already completed counselling and had the support of his family.

Judge Roberts sentenced Simpson to three months jail after reducing the four-month sentence by one month for his guilty plea.

Every time he reoffended the prison sentence would get longer, the judge said.

Simpson was disqualified from driving for 12 months and a day.

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