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Notorious Australian criminal boasts of clean driving record in court

Notorious Australian criminal boasts of clean driving record in court

A notorious criminal boasted about his clean driving record when he appeared in an Australian court Tuesday on a traffic offense.
Mark Brandon "Chopper" Read _ a career criminal who has written best-selling books about his exploits _ was fined 300 Australian dollars (US$250; euro180) when he pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to a charge of careless driving. He had backed his pickup truck into a parked car.
His lawyer, Bernie Balmer, told the court it was a "wonderful day" because his 53-year-old client _ who has spent half his adult life in prison _ had no prior convictions relevant to the traffic offense.
Magistrate Catherine Lamble could not take into account his extensive criminal record _ which includes kidnapping a judge at gunpoint and wounding an associate with a gunshot to the stomach _ because it did not reflect on his driving.
Read, who was nicknamed "Chopper" after slicing off his own ears in prison, has claimed in a series of autobiographical books to have killed 19 underworld figures. Critics say his writings grossly exaggerate his crimes.
He was the subject of the acclaimed 2000 movie "Chopper," which starred Australian actor Eric Bana.


Updated : 2021-05-07 22:11 GMT+08:00