Barrack Heights groom put behind bars before big day

A Barrack Heights man is set to miss his wedding in the Greek Islands after being jailed on Friday for repeatedly driving without a licence.

Anthony John Barsby, 37, failed to convince Port Kembla Local Court Magistrate Michael Stoddart to have him assessed for an intensive correction order, which would have allowed him to serve his sentence in the community.

Instead, Magistrate Stoddart jailed Barsby for 10 months on four disqualified driving charges.

Barsby's last hope of making his impending nuptials, scheduled for September 23, lies in a severity appeal to the District Court, set down for August.

In handing down the sentence on Friday, Magistrate Stoddart said Barsby only had himself to blame.

"You have continually broken the law by driving when you shouldn't have," he said.

Barsby was also slapped with a $500 fine for breaching an apprehended violence order against his future wife, which prevented the two from having any contact.

It stemmed from one of the driving charges, in which the pair were caught in the car together.

The court heard Barsby was first caught driving unlicensed in March, when police attended his fiancee's Wollongong home over a domestic dispute.

At court in April, Barsby was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond and disqualified for two years.

However, just four days later he was again caught behind the wheel, this time in Figtree.

He committed the same offence twice more - in Towradgi on June 11 and at Cataract a month later on July 10, after which he was arrested and denied bail.

On Friday, Barsby's lawyer told the court his client had booked flights and accommodation for his upcoming wedding, and stood to lose $10,000 if the plans did not come to fruition.

Barsby also made a separate application to the court to have conditions preventing him from having contact with his fiancee deleted from the AVO.

The woman gave evidence that she held no fears for her own safety when around Barsby, despite documents showing she made multiple complaints to police as recently as May saying she was worried verbal abuse between the pair could turn physical, and that he may follow through with threats to burn her possessions.

Magistrate Stoddart agreed to delete the non-contact conditions, however confirmed the remaining conditions that Barsby not assault or harass the woman or damage any of her property.