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Driving ban plea falls on deaf ears as man faces losing business

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 22, 2014

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A 24-YEAR-OLD man said he faces being left with ‘nothing’ after receiving a driving ban which could see him lose his home and business.

Nathan McKenzie, from Rolleston, appeared before magistrates in Burton after he was spotted driving while using his mobile phone.

The indiscretion left him staring at a ban as he had already racked up 11 points on his driving licence, which he said were as a result of being ‘young and stupid’.

McKenzie pleaded with magistrates to give him one last chance, insisting the future of his property management business, which he set up last year, hinged on him being able to drive.

He said he had only been using his mobile phone in Stafford on January 27 to call his mum as he was suffering a panic attack, which he said he was prone to.

The court also heard how the loss of income would leave him struggling to pay rent at his home in Elizabeth Avenue, Rolleston.

But magistrates said they did not consider the reasons sufficient enough to allow McKenzie to escape the automatic ban which comes with incurring 12 points and disqualified him from driving for six months.

A statement from McKenzie, which was read out in court, said: “I totally understand that I was using my mobile phone while driving which is illegal but the reason is I started to have a panic attack as I suffer from anxiety and I was calling my mother.”

McKenzie told the court that the loss if his licence would see his business fold.

Asked why his business partner wouldn’t be able to drive, McKenzie said that he too had been banned from the roads.

The statement continued: “Losing my licence would mean losing my business.”

McKenzie, who pleaded guilty to driving while using a mobile phone, was also fined £100 and told to pay £145 in costs.

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