Favour to mates costs man his freedom

A good deed landed a Russell Vale man behind bars after he received a call from his mates to pick them up after a drinking session at the Towradgi Beach Hotel.

Jesse David Kinninment, of the Princes Highway, was charged with mid-range drink driving after agreeing to pick up his friends, who were  too drunk to drive.

Kinninment, who is a provisional driver with zero alcohol tolerance, was pulled over in a statewide police blitz on drink driving over the weekend.

Kinninment was refused bail in Wollongong Local Court on Sunday, not because of the drink driving allegation but because he had been pulled over by police 18  minutes past a 10pm curfew handed down by a Supreme Court judge in August.

The strict bail conditions related to an aggravated robbery charge set down for committal hearing in Campbelltown Local Court next month.

Legal Aid solicitor Tracey Reynolds said Kinninment, who worked as a casual bricklayer, had reported about 140 times to police since August and had been careful in the past to adhere to all of his bail conditions.

On Saturday night he had expected to return home by 10pm but there had been some delay in picking up his friends from the hotel. He will re-appear in Wollongong Local Court again today.