A serial disqualified driver will fight claims he was caught riding a stolen motorbike without a licence at Berkeley last Saturday.
Police allege they found Trevor William Gordon, helmet in hand, pulled over on the side of Northcliffe Drive at Berkeley about 9.30pm.
When officers questioned the 32-year-old, he allegedly admitted to having just ridden the bike from Sydney to spend the weekend with his partner, but had pulled over as ‘‘the lights started to flicker’’ and he wanted to check them.
Police checks found the motorbike had been reported stolen from a Sydney address a few days earlier.
Officers claim Gordon first told them he had purchased the bike from an advertiser on eBay, then changed his story to say he had bought it from someone on Gumtree ‘‘for $800’’.
Police will allege the bike’s ignition had been tampered with and no key was present.
When officers asked Gordon for his name, he gave two false names before eventually admitting to his real identity.
Checks on his licence revealed he was a disqualified driver.
Police charged Gordon with the theft of the bike, having suspected stolen goods in custody, driving while disqualified, giving a false name and displaying an altered number plate.
He was refused police bail and appeared in Wollongong Local Court yesterday, where he denied all the charges bar giving false details.
The court heard Gordon had racked up 14 convictions for driving while disqualified, and had previously spent time behind bars for such offences.
Magistrate Geraldine Beattie refused Gordon’s application for bail, saying the prosecution case appeared to be a strong one.
She said she had no confidence Gordon would abide by the law if granted bail.