A Myalup man who pretended to be his brother when he was caught driving with a suspended licence for the sixth time has pleaded guilty to several charges in Harvey Magistrate’s Court. Bradley Frederick Howe last week pleaded guilty to providing false identification and driving a car without a licence on July 30 in Warrawarrup. Police prosecutor Sgt Karl Rep told the court that Howe was driving a Holden Commodore on Peterson Road at 4.07pm when he was stopped by police. Howe told police his name was “Fred” and pretended to be his brother. His lawyer told Magistrate Andrew Matthews that Howe was “getting assistance to address the issues in his life and was remorseful”. He also said he knew he would be stopped by police because he had previous convictions. The court was told that Howe had six previous convictions in regards to driving with a suspended licence and that he struggled with addiction. Howe’s lawyer said “in my client’s words: ‘there is no one to blame but myself’.” He said Howe was a hard-working man who had previously owned an earth moving business. He also said he was left distressed when his ex-wife moved to Queensland with their three children who are now 17, 15 and 13. Howe’s lawyer blamed Howe’s substance-abuse on not being able to see his children. The court was told he tried to go to Queensland to see his children but was locked out. He then suffered a separate relationship breakdown and now lives with his parents on their rural property in Myalup. Howe’s lawyer said Howe did not show up to his last two court dates because he had given up on any chance of getting his licence back. Magistrate Matthews told Howe: “we’ve reached the last resort … you didn’t do yourself any favours by giving an incorrect name”. However, he told Howe he would issue the 25 per cent discount for the guilty plea. Howe was handed a six month and one day prison sentence suspended for six months. He was also fined $300 for supplying police with false information and had his licence disqualified for another 12 months.