Mildura man driven to jail

A MILDURA man who taunted police that they would have to keep catching him driving while disqualified has been jailed.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was this week told that despite Volkan Akkus being caught driving unlicensed and driving while disqualified, he told police: “I’m going to keep driving”.

The court heard Akkus’ licence was disqualified for six months in April last year, but he was caught by police driving in July and again in November, on one of the occasions when he went to get “smoko”.

Police noticed Akkus, 31, as a person of interest at the Merbein branch of the Commonwealth Bank on July 17 last year and a registration check of a nearby vehicle revealed he was a disqualified driver.

Akkus performed a sharp U-turn as police followed before he did another U-turn when he was intercepted by police.

A little more than four months later, Akkus drove to a car wash when police recognised him and he was again charged with driving while disqualified.

The court was told the accused had prior convictions for drive in a manner dangerous, failing an oral fluid test as well as earlier convictions for driving while disqualified.

The court heard Akkus had completed only eight hours of a 100-hour community work order previously imposed by the court.

Defence counsel Peter Delorenzo said his client “doesn’t help himself” by continuing to drive while disqualified and “he doesn’t seem willing” to undertake work as part of Corrections Orders.

“He’s thumbing his nose at everything,” Magistrate Andrew Capell said.

“He’ll just keep driving.”

Mr Capell said Akkus had shown “absolute arrogance” to court orders and he had treated the 100 hours of community work with “disdain and contempt”.

“I’m not terribly happy with you,” Mr Capell told Akkus

“You think you’re just going to skate away and do nothing.”

The magistrate jailed Akkus for a total of 2 1/2 months and disqualified him from holding a driver’s licence for six months.

Mr Capell warned Akkus that if he continued to drive while disqualified he would continue to receive terms of imprisonment.

Akkus has lodged an appeal against the sentence.

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