A nurse from Sutton who drove away from court after receiving a driving ban has been jailed.
Father-of-two Melusi Ndlovu (37) was jailed for eight weeks by magistrates in Prestatyn, North Wales, today (Tuesday 9th January) – 24 hours after he appeared at Caernarfon magistrates’ court.
Now he is likely to face disciplinary action by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
On Monday Ndlovu, a registered mental nurse, was disqualified for driving for six months under the “totting up” procedure for motoring offences. His claim that a ban would cause him exceptional hardship was not accepted by the Bench.
Peter Humphrey-Jones, prosecuting in Prestatyn, said that a court official in Caernarfon, aware that Ndlovu had been banned spotted him driving out of the court car-park and police stopped him a short while later as he drove along the A55 near Conwy.
When interviewed, he said he had misunderstood the terms of the disqualification, thinking that it did not take effect until midnight so that would enable him to get home.
Gwyn Jones, defending, said that Ndlovu, of Leander Close, who works in a nursing home, accepted he had been “foolish and naive” and should have checked.
“When the Nursing and Midwifery Council get to hear of this he will have to appear before them and they will no doubt take action for bringing the profession into disrepute,” he added.
Jailing him for eight weeks, chairman Richard Welch said: “Only a custodial sentence is justified. You drove immediately after having received a six-month ban and we have to take into account your blatant disregard of that order.”
The Bench also imposed a new six-month driving ban.