‘Absolute idiot’ breached driving ban to take DVDs back to Blockbusters

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A DISQUALIFIED driver got back behind the wheel to return rental DVDs.

David Hawkes twice breached his driving ban, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

The 31-year-old admitted driving while disqualified on June 13 and August 11, two offences of using a vehicle without insurance and attempted possession of diazepam.

Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said Hawkes, from Sunderland, had pleaded guilty on July 16 and August 15.

The driving offences took place in Mainsforth Terrace West in Hendon and North Bridge Street in Roker.

Robin Ford, defending, admitted Hawkes had a chequered past and branded him an “absolute idiot” for getting behind the wheel to take some DVDs back to Blockbusters.

But he had now found work at Rolls-Royce in Newcastle and was about to receive psychiatric help for ongoing mental health problems.

He added: “I have represented him on and off for 10 to 12 years.

“This young man was a villain. He was part of a team, and when one was arrested, then another was arrested.

“For him to get a job and acknowledge that there is something going on in his psyche that is not right, he is trying to change his life.”

Magistrates adjourned sentencing for four weeks, so reports could be prepared.

Hawkes was granted bail to live and sleep at his partner’s home in Park Hall Apartments, The Cloisters, Sunderland.

He must also obey a 6pm-6am curfew and not sit in the front seat of any vehicle.