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Woman ‘panicked’ and drove off after hitting vehicle in supermarket car park

Court told defendant has since paid to cover cost of damage

A Craigavon woman who drove off after bumping into a parked car has been handed five penalty points.

Court heard that the 57-year-old had since paid for repairs to the car she struck.

Karen Thornbury, of Lakelands, pleaded guilty to failing to stop, remain or report an accident at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Court heard that on April 15 police got a report of a Renault Megane hitting a Vauxhall Vectra in the Asda car park in Portadown.

The witness told officers the Megane made off and gave details which led them to the defendant’s address.

During a notebook interview, Thornbury made a full admission.

She claimed that it had been minor and that she had not seen any damage.

Court heard that the Vectra had been left with two scratches and the lower spoiler had popped off.

Defence solicitor Suin Downey stated: “The defendant comes before the court with just three penalty points and I am led to believe she has since paid for all damages.”

Ms Downey said her client had simply “panicked” at the scene and did not think she had caused much damage.

The defendant was handed five penalty points and ordered to pay a fine of £200, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 20 weeks.

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