Court: Suspended jail sentence for man who drove in Chadwell Heath while banned from roads

Miah was ordered to attend a thinking skills course (pic: PA)

Miah was ordered to attend a thinking skills course (pic: PA) - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Driving while disqualified led to the extension of a man’s road ban.

Hiron Miah, 29, pleaded guilty to the charge, as well as those of driving without insurance and possession of cannabis.

Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday he was taking a tablet to his niece as a present when he was stopped on Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, at 8.20pm on February 24.

He gave police false details before his identity was proven through fingerprinting.

Following a search a bag of cannabis was discovered.

District Judge Gary Lucie said: “It was not an emergency and yet you decided to drive.

“You should know how serious it is to drive while disqualified.

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“If you drive now you are looking at a long time in prison.”

Miah, of Pankhurst Road, Manor Park, was originally barred from driving in November. His disqualification had been due to expire in December 2016.

The option of shortening his ban through taking part in a driving course was no longer an option, Judge Lucie added.

He was sentenced to a 36-month driving ban to be served concurrently with his existing one, and was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.

Miah was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge and instructed to attend a thinking skills course for 19 sessions.