Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has been disqualified from driving for two years, and fined over $3000, after pleading guilty to a string of driving offences.
In September of last year, the 27-year old actor/singer was caught by police driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle. Earlier in the year, Ruffo had also gathered 13 speeding tickets, one of which resulted in him losing his license after driving more than 30km/h over the speed limit.
Late last year, Ruffo attended court and asked for an adjournment on the charges after he failed to turn up to court. He also had an arrest warrant revoked that was put in place due to his absence.
Ruffo’s lawyer, Nic Angelov pleaded guilty to five driving offences on behalf of his client at Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court in late January.
On 25th February, Ruffo was disqualified from driving for two years and fined $3080 for a number of offences. As well as charges for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, Ruffo had also failed to notify the RMS of a change in his address, driven the vehicle whilst disqualified, and had not paid taxes on the vehicle.
Angelov explained that his client “accepts that the responsibilities (of driving) he has not met, and they are not for him.” and that Ruffo intends to sell the vehicle.
Stating that the situation could have been avoided if Ruffo had paid closer attention to correspondence from the RMS, Deputy Chief Magistrate Jane Mottley said “It’s all too little, too late. Fundamentally, you are the architect of your own outcomes.”
Ruffo has played Chris Harrington on Home and Away since 2013 and has recently renewed his contract, ensuring his place on the show until 2018.