Defendant pleads for a ‘chance’

A man facing 32 charges has been remanded in custody for seven days after asking the Summary Court to “give me a chance.”

Luke Nicholas Spence appeared in the Summary Court Wednesday facing charges including possession and consumption of ganja, possession and consumption of cocaine, and failing to surrender to custody.

Spence also faced traffic charges including dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving under the influence, careless driving and using a vehicle with expired license.

He is also charged with using a vehicle without a certificate of roadworthiness, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to display license plates, and use/keep on a road vehicle required to be licensed. Appearing before Magistrate Grace Donalds, Spence told the court he did not want to return to jail.

“I’m trying to stay out of prison,” he said. “I’m just asking you to give me a chance. Prison won’t make me a better person.”

Magistrate Donalds said the number of charges involved was concerning.

“The number of files that are before the court are somewhat worrying,” Magistrate Donalds said. “We can’t even begin to count the number of files. It doesn’t look like the most promising of records.” Magistrate Donalds ordered Spence to be remanded for seven days and to reappear before the court for mention on July 2.