Suspended sentence for banned motorist caught driving while disqualified for the sixth time

SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court,  whereThomas Honeyman admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance

SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court, whereThomas Honeyman admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Darlington)

A PROLIFIC offender has been handed a suspended sentence after he was caught driving while disqualified for the sixth time.

Thomas Honeyman repeatedly interrupted magistrates and referred to the chairman of the bench, Dr Peter Minto, as “boss” when he appeared at court in Newton Aycliffe.

The 25-year-old, who wore a fluorescent yellow t-shirt and tracksuit bottoms to the hearing, begged magistrates to be lenient with him as he had a wife and had recently become a father.

He was jailed for 16 weeks, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

The court heard he was seen by police driving a blue Peugeot 307 without a seatbelt in the Denes area of Darlington on February 25.

Officers tried to follow the car and saw Honeyman running down an alleyway. He was later arrested in a cafe in Northgate.

Honeyman, of Sandringham Road, Doncaster, represented himself during the hearing.

The father-of-one told the court he was working for his brother at the time of the incident, as he owns a business on Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate selling cars.

He said that although he has a number of previous convictions, including five for driving while disqualified, he had recently turned his life around following a prison sentence.

“The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,” he said.

“I have had a long history with the police. I have been a bit of a Jack the lad, but when I got out of prison I moved to South Yorkshire and that is where I met my girlfriend and got married."

He was also banned from driving for six months and ordered to pay £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

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6:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

stevegg says...

6 times - What is the point!!! Where is the deterrant??? He shas shown total repeated disregard for the law and still gets a suspended sentance! Are the courts witing for him to kill someone before jailing him! As I have always said, our justice system is a joke and protects criminals - not the public. Magistrates need to be held to account for their ludicrous decisions. Pathetic.
6 times - What is the point!!! Where is the deterrant??? He shas shown total repeated disregard for the law and still gets a suspended sentance! Are the courts witing for him to kill someone before jailing him! As I have always said, our justice system is a joke and protects criminals - not the public. Magistrates need to be held to account for their ludicrous decisions. Pathetic. stevegg
  • Score: 66

6:42pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Darloresident says...

Bet he drove himself back home to Doncaster with a smirk on his face..
Bet he drove himself back home to Doncaster with a smirk on his face.. Darloresident
  • Score: 53

7:16pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Bank of Europe says...

Listen you people from this side of the law, IF your a townsfolk, a law abiding person, a person who respects others,the law, the system YOU are Knackered.... YOU need to come from the traveling community to get away with murder MARK my words, he will kill someone and he WILL get off AGAIN BOILS MY PEE ... Rant over not that it would do anything
Listen you people from this side of the law, IF your a townsfolk, a law abiding person, a person who respects others,the law, the system YOU are Knackered.... YOU need to come from the traveling community to get away with murder MARK my words, he will kill someone and he WILL get off AGAIN BOILS MY PEE ... Rant over not that it would do anything Bank of Europe
  • Score: 38

8:21pm Tue 12 Aug 14

hasanopinion says...

An absolute joke and he is laughing!
An absolute joke and he is laughing! hasanopinion
  • Score: 36

9:59pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Counterview says...

It's for the magistrate to justify. Ordinary people are in total accord in their view of this so called "sentence"
It's for the magistrate to justify. Ordinary people are in total accord in their view of this so called "sentence" Counterview
  • Score: 15

10:23pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Equity1 says...

He will come again - they always do !!!
He will come again - they always do !!! Equity1
  • Score: 11

10:47pm Tue 12 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

Equity1 wrote:
He will come again - they always do !!!
Maybe he will come again Equity1, but when he keeps doing so, he's walking away laughing, THAT'S NOT RIGHT my freind.

VOR, what do you think ?
[quote][p][bold]Equity1[/bold] wrote: He will come again - they always do !!![/p][/quote]Maybe he will come again Equity1, but when he keeps doing so, he's walking away laughing, THAT'S NOT RIGHT my freind. VOR, what do you think ? NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 13

11:22pm Tue 12 Aug 14

stevegg says...

Equity1 wrote:
He will come again - they always do !!!
Lets hope its not for death by dangerous driving whilst disqualified due to him knowing hes untouchable.
[quote][p][bold]Equity1[/bold] wrote: He will come again - they always do !!![/p][/quote]Lets hope its not for death by dangerous driving whilst disqualified due to him knowing hes untouchable. stevegg
  • Score: 16

7:51am Wed 13 Aug 14

Equity1 says...

Fair comments gents lets hope this miscreant does not cause somebody's death .He should be in custody and banned from driving for a substantial time.How some of these lawyers can mitigate in such serious cases one wonders - money I guess ,but what about morals ?
Fair comments gents lets hope this miscreant does not cause somebody's death .He should be in custody and banned from driving for a substantial time.How some of these lawyers can mitigate in such serious cases one wonders - money I guess ,but what about morals ? Equity1
  • Score: 12

8:39am Wed 13 Aug 14

pheasant_plucker says...

"The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,” he said. "

Nobody likes you, you oxygen thieves!
"The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,” he said. " Nobody likes you, you oxygen thieves! pheasant_plucker
  • Score: 25

12:59pm Wed 13 Aug 14

darloboss says...

well at least we all know where not to buy a car from in aycliffe
well at least we all know where not to buy a car from in aycliffe darloboss
  • Score: 16

3:23pm Wed 13 Aug 14

krxyz123 says...

Equity1 wrote:
Fair comments gents lets hope this miscreant does not cause somebody's death .He should be in custody and banned from driving for a substantial time.How some of these lawyers can mitigate in such serious cases one wonders - money I guess ,but what about morals ?
Equity1 - This has nothing to do with lawyers mitigating. The article clearly states "Honeyman, of Sandringham Road, Doncaster, represented himself during the hearing." Miraculously the magistrates listened to his ****, not the **** of lawyers, and let him off lightly! Amazing huh?
[quote][p][bold]Equity1[/bold] wrote: Fair comments gents lets hope this miscreant does not cause somebody's death .He should be in custody and banned from driving for a substantial time.How some of these lawyers can mitigate in such serious cases one wonders - money I guess ,but what about morals ?[/p][/quote]Equity1 - This has nothing to do with lawyers mitigating. The article clearly states "Honeyman, of Sandringham Road, Doncaster, represented himself during the hearing." Miraculously the magistrates listened to his ****, not the **** of lawyers, and let him off lightly! Amazing huh? krxyz123
  • Score: 8

4:34pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Risk555 says...

Unreal. Complete scum
Unreal. Complete scum Risk555
  • Score: 7

6:02pm Wed 13 Aug 14

DarloXman says...

“The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,”

Perhaps the reason the police (and others) don't like him is due to his behaviour - rather than who he is! Anyone with "a number of previous convictions, including five for driving while disqualified" is certainly very unlikeable in my opinion.

Unfortunately, too many other members of his community behave likewise.
“The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,” Perhaps the reason the police (and others) don't like him is due to his behaviour - rather than who he is! Anyone with "a number of previous convictions, including five for driving while disqualified" is certainly very unlikeable in my opinion. Unfortunately, too many other members of his community behave likewise. DarloXman
  • Score: 11

6:20pm Wed 13 Aug 14

hippyjohn says...

If he kills someone by dangerous driving then surely the magistrate should be culpible for letting him off
If he kills someone by dangerous driving then surely the magistrate should be culpible for letting him off hippyjohn
  • Score: 12

8:54pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Risk555 says...

I'm suprised wasnt that Peter Bowers bloke that let him off. He is one of the very worst of judges for lenient punishments.
I'm suprised wasnt that Peter Bowers bloke that let him off. He is one of the very worst of judges for lenient punishments. Risk555
  • Score: 4

6:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Border Terrier says...

Should have been suspended by his B***s
Should have been suspended by his B***s Border Terrier
  • Score: 3

8:11pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jaseace says...

Complete joke but sadly not in the slightest surprising. Our 'justice' system is a total let down and an embarrassment. Six times?? That sends out the wrong message completely and the magistrates who often live on another planet should be ashamed of themselves. Lets hope he doesn't knock down a member of their family when he is driving again. There is no guarantee and suspended sentence will be activated when he is back in front of the court either. Seriously what is the point?? Turned his life around after getting out of prison?? How many times do we read about that being said just for effect yet the gullible magistrates believe it time and time again. Until punishments actually fit the crime this country will continue going to the dogs.
Complete joke but sadly not in the slightest surprising. Our 'justice' system is a total let down and an embarrassment. Six times?? That sends out the wrong message completely and the magistrates who often live on another planet should be ashamed of themselves. Lets hope he doesn't knock down a member of their family when he is driving again. There is no guarantee and suspended sentence will be activated when he is back in front of the court either. Seriously what is the point?? Turned his life around after getting out of prison?? How many times do we read about that being said just for effect yet the gullible magistrates believe it time and time again. Until punishments actually fit the crime this country will continue going to the dogs. jaseace
  • Score: 12

1:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

AMB_Gkar says...

Break the law 6 times and still not jailed?!?!?!?! Jail the judge. Oh wait perhaps he cant read.
Break the law 6 times and still not jailed?!?!?!?! Jail the judge. Oh wait perhaps he cant read. AMB_Gkar
  • Score: 5

3:37pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Tregeor says...

If I was a policeman I'd have resigned long ago. I wouldn't have been able to listen to these fool judges hand out these 'sentences' without saying something in court.
If I was a policeman I'd have resigned long ago. I wouldn't have been able to listen to these fool judges hand out these 'sentences' without saying something in court. Tregeor
  • Score: 1

4:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Copley23 says...

“The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,”

No, the police don't like you because you are an irresponsible, thick, thoughtless, bad-mannered little oik who will probably cause them more paperwork than they can cope with over the next few years of your delightful life. And please don't play the 'I'm a married man trying to grow up' card either. It might wash with the magistrates but it doesn't wash with us pal.
Half-breed. pft.
“The police do not like us because we are from the travelling community,” No, the police don't like you because you are an irresponsible, thick, thoughtless, bad-mannered little oik who will probably cause them more paperwork than they can cope with over the next few years of your delightful life. And please don't play the 'I'm a married man trying to grow up' card either. It might wash with the magistrates but it doesn't wash with us pal. Half-breed. pft. Copley23
  • Score: 5

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