Woman banned after being stopped twice in one hour

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A COOKSTOWN woman has been banned from the road after being stopped twice by police in the space of one hour on September 5th last year.

Denise Trainor (27) of Old Rectory Park was convicted of having no driving licence, no insurance and using a mobile phone whilst driving at Dungannon Magistrates Court on Friday.

A PPS solicitor told the court that police on mobile patrol stopped Trainor in a Saab vehicle on the Moneymore Road.

She was asked to produce her driving licence and insurance but was unable to do so at the roadside. She elected Cookstown PSNI station to show these documents within seven days.

A short time later officers again stopped the 27 year-old in the Millburn Road area of Cookstown after observing her with a mobile phone to her ear approaching a roundabout.

She was issued at Fixed Penalty Notice for the offence and replied when cautioned: “I’m sorry.”

She was again unable to produce her driving licence at the roadside. It later transpired that Trainor had no driving licence and no insurance on the date she was stopped by police.

Defence solicitor Stephen Atherton told the court that Trainor’s four-month old baby had taken ill and when stopped by police on the first occasion was enroute to a doctor’s appointment.

The solicitor said that his client had “took a chance” by taking her partner’s vehicle on the day in question.

He added that the second time she was stopped, approximately one hour later, the 27 year-old was on her way home from the appointment.

Mr Atherton said Trainor had passed her test some ten years earlier but had forgotten to send off the competence certificate, meaning she never received her full driving licence.

District Judge John Meehan commented: “Either she is reckless, or, she is confident she could drive because she’s had plenty of practice.”

The 27 year-old was ordered to pay fines totalling £210 for having no driving licence, using a mobile phone whilst driving and having no insurance.

She was also banned from the road until she passes her driving test. Twelve penalty points were also endorsed on the 27 year-old’s licence equating to a six month disqualification from the road.