Banned Rotherham motorist is jailed after he is caught driving

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A Rotherham man who continued to drive despite been banned from the road for five years has been jailed.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Christopher Green was caught driving in Maltby in September 2014 - just six months after a judge had disqualified him.

When the 38-year-old, of Rotherham Road, Maltby, was caught he was already on bail for criminal damage after he damaged his brother’s car in July, last year.

Prosecutor Neil Coxon said: “His brother owned a Vauxhall Zafira which he parked at his home address.

“Approximately 45 minutes later, he returned to find on each side there were deep scratches running down the vehicle. He estimates the damage was about £600.

“The area was covered by CCTV and it was possible to identify the defendant.”

The court heard officers stopped a Ford Fiesta being driven by Green, in Maltby on September 2.

He told police he was appealing the driving ban.

Green pleaded guilty to criminal damage, driving while disqualified and without insurance, and also to breaching two suspended sentences.

Dermot Hughes, defending, said Green was due to begin an alcohol treatment order in March, but this had not started because of a mix-up with the Probation Service.

He said: “Until that alcohol issue is tackled he is going to continue to pose a threat of being a nuisance offender.”

Recorder Dean Kerhsaw said immediate custody was his only option and jailed Green for a total of nine months.