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New father jailed

PUBLISHED: 15:12 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

A NEW father has been jailed for 16 weeks, only hours after witnessing the birth of his baby daughter.

At just after midnight yesterday, 22-year-old Gary Warford was at hospital to welcome his new baby into the world, but within 11 hours he was in a cell after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified for the fourth time.

A NEW father has been jailed for 16 weeks, only hours after witnessing the birth of his baby daughter.

At just after midnight yesterday, 22-year-old Gary Warford was at hospital to welcome his new baby into the world, but within 11 hours he was in a cell after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified for the fourth time.

Warford, of Ranville, Carlton Colville, was sent to prison despite an impassioned plea from his solicitor Richard Mann, who urged the court to ask for reports from the probation service before deciding on the sentence.

Mr Mann said: “He became a father at 12.08 this morning and it would seem fairly harsh on the day his daughter is born that her father is sent to prison. He hasn't been able to prepare himself for prison as he has been in hospital all night.”

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, told Lowestoft Magistrates' Court that Warford was banned from driving until October 28, but was spotted driving in the town by a police officer on September 24.

The patrol car followed him, but lost track of the Peugeot 307 before it was later found unoccupied. He was then found in the back seat of a friend's car and admitted to police that he was a banned driver.

The court heard that Warford, who was formerly in the Army but was now looking for work, had bought the car at auction the previous day.

He had previously appeared in court on January 29 for driving while banned and was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for one year. Yesterday, he also admitted driving without insurance and magistrates ordered the destruction of his car.

Chairman of the bench Gerry Sutton said: "This is your fourth offence of driving while disqualified; that is very serious in our eyes."

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