Posted: 22 September, 2016
Broncos Player Fined For Driving Offence
Joe Ofahengaue of the Broncos Photo: Getty Images
A Brisbane Broncos player has been fined $250 but escaped a recorded conviction after being busted behind the wheel while driving with a suspended licence.
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Joe Ofahengaue, 21, fronted the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to driving while his licence was suspended as a result of not paying a State Penalties Enforcement Registry debt.
In addition to the fine, Ofahengaue was disqualified from driving for one month.
The court heard his busy work schedule meant Ofahengaue had not seen a letter informing him his licence had been suspended in July and was unaware he was driving without a licence.
Documents lodged with the court show the New Zealand-born forward has a history dating back to August 2012 for speeding and failing to display learner and P-plates properly.
But a letter from Broncos' welfare department manager Adam Walsh also tendered to court says the young man is remorseful for his actions.
"He is aware of the damage that these offences have caused to both his individual as well as the club's brand," it reads.
Mr Walsh's letter to the presiding magistrate describes Ofahengaue as a well- respected and courteous member of the club.
But it states his behaviour had breached the club's code of conduct and, as a result, he will not be able to use the club car and must complete a safe driving course.