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Woman ‘sought solace’ in driving car despite no insurance or licence

A Craigavon woman who was caught driving without a licence or insurance has been disqualified from driving for 12 months.

Court heard the 50-year-old, who received a disqualification in 2015, had “sought solace” in driving after a row with her partner.

Pamela Crossley, 50, of Westacres, pleaded guilty to driving without a licence or insurance at Armagh Magistrates’ on Tuesday.

It was heard that on May 19 at around 10am police stopped the defendant on the Madden Road, Tandragee, after the Hyundai Matrix she was driving was flagged as being uninsured.

Officers discovered that not only was Crossley uninsured but she did not have a licence.

Defence solicitor Gabriel Ingram said this was a “serious case”.

He explained that the defendant had been disqualified from driving back in 2015.

Mr Ingram stated Crossley had purchased the vehicle less than two weeks prior to being detected and had done so in view of getting her licence back.

It was heard that on the day in question the defendant had gotten into an argument with her partner.

Crossley’s solicitor said the defendant had “sought solace” in driving her car.

District Judge Paul Copeland stated: “You have a significant record for road traffic offences, but I am going to be lenient in this occasion given that you have a previous suspended sentence”.

However, the judge did warn Crossley “don’t let this happen again” as he disqualified her from driving for a further 12 months.

In addition, the defendant was also ordered to pay a fine of £400, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 10 weeks.

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