Driver with more than 220 convictions walks free from court
A reckless driver who has flouted his driving ban for the 44th time and has more than 220 driving convictions to his name has walked free from court, with campaigners saying he has made a mockery of the justice system.
John Moir avoided being locked up yesterday for the fourth consecutive year for repeatedly driving while disqualified.
Moir, 47, from Ipswich, seriously injured a pedestrian during a hit-and-run incident in 2010 and has since been in prison twice for driving while banned.
The latest incident, which allegedly saw Moir speeding at 50mph through a 30mph zone, locking his brakes and almost losing control of his vehicle, landed him a 16-week sentence suspended for 12 months by Magistrates in Ipswich.
Moir was also banned from driving until October 2016, ordered to complete 240 hours unpaid work and to pay £80 to the victims' fund.
But the reckless driver appears un-phased by his latest appearance in court, telling police he sees the offence as "a game of cat and mouse".
He also famously boasted last year: "Going to prison won't stop me."
Sentencing him, presiding Magistrate Leisha Clein said: "If you drive while disqualified for whatever reason there is a good chance you will be going into custody," The Daily Express reported.
But Simon Jacobs, who was almost killed by Moir when the offender drove through a red light, warned after the incident that left him with a fractured skull and eye sockets, a broken nose and a ripped-off ear: "I was lucky, but next time things could be very different.
"He has left me with a life sentence – I will never get over my injuries.
"When he ran into me he got 18 months, but only served half.
"It is an insult.
"The justice system needs to listen up, they are playing a waiting game – eventually I believe he will kill someone."
Campaigns officer Ed Morrow from the road safety charity Brake told The Mirror: "We cannot keep allowing drivers, who have repeatedly proven they have no respect for the law or lives of others, back onto the road.
"We need the Government to get tough with serial offenders by giving judges the power to hand out higher sentences of up to two years."