A PLYMOUTH Brethren Christian Church follower’s ability to accept a good behaviour bond has come under question at Armidale Local Court.
Jeremy Faiers, 25, pleaded guilty to low-range drink-driving in March, and appeared on Monday and Tuesday.
Defence solicitor Emalie Hurcum requested a behaviour bond with no convictions, but Magistrate Michael Holmes argued the Brethren Church has previously found issue with bonds outside the one they have with God.
“They can’t even accept a Section 10 bond from my experience in the past,” he said.
“There must be a body in the Brethren that makes these determinations, I’m well aware the Brethren has a substantial involvement in this community, I understand the problems they face from time to time and one of those problems is too much drink.
“I want some sort of letter from the elders.”
Faiers had gone to his parent’s house for lunch and was pulled over on his way home from a church service for a random breath test on February 18, the court heard, and blew 0.054.
“He’s expressed his remorse, it has been extremely humiliating for him – he poured himself the drinks and didn’t realise he would be over the limit,” Ms Hurcum said.
“I had a brief discussion with Mr Faiers and his father, they instructed in their understanding there’s a fundamental historical belief that a bond meant they could not participate in communion,” she said.
“That interpretation may have been incorrect.”...in their understanding there’s a fundamental historical belief that a bond meant they could not participate in communion.
Faiers works for Paperware and travels up to 2000 kilometres a week, so would need to retain his licence, the court heard.
He has purchased a portable breathalyser for $379 and completed the Traffic Offenders Program.
Mr Fares purchased a portable breathalyser for $379.
The matter was adjourned until May 21.