Choose your friends wisely: magistrate

MAGISTRATE Terry Lucas told an Orange man to put more thought into choosing his friends, after the man lent his vehicle to a mate who committed driving offences.

Adam James King went to court last Thursday to appeal a decision to suspend his vehicle registration.

His friend was caught doing burnouts in the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, and police cancelled the registration on the spot.

“I think I would be reviewing my list of contacts if I were you,” Mr Lucas told King in Orange Local Court.

“You can’t choose your family, but you can pick your mates,” he said.

King’s solicitor Mason Manwaring said his client had lent his vehicle to a friend in good faith and had borne the brunt of his friend’s decision to break the law.

After reviewing the facts before the court, police prosecutor, Sergeant Andy Bobin,  told Mr Lucas he had no objection to King’s appeal against registration.

With no objection, Mr Lucas granted the appeal.

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