Banned driver from County Antrim was 'panic struck' about sick grandchild

Banned driver from County Antrim was 'panic struck' about sick grandchild

A WOMAN who had been previously banned from driving then got behind the wheel as she was "panic struck" and was was taking her recently-born grandchild - who had taken unwell with a temperature - to the doctor, a defence solicitor told Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Julie Claire Rodgers (42), an insurance company clerk, of Clogher Road near Ballymena, admitted driving whilst disqualified at Parkway in the town and using a Saab car without insurance on April 19 this year.

Defence solicitor Stewart Ballentine said there had been on other means of transport to get to the GP and the defendant's daughter and grandchild were also in the car.

The lawyer asked the judge to to take into account the "extenuating circumstances" and not to jail the defendant.

District Judge Nigel Broderick told the defendant: "You have to understand that if the court makes an order you have to obey it regardless of the circumstances.

"You are now walking a very thin line," the judge added.

The defendant was given a three months jail term, suspended for one year; and also banned from driving for nine months.