No insurance mum ‘was collecting her sick child’

Enniskillen Courthouse

Enniskillen Courthouse

A LISNASKEA woman who was arrested after she didn’t realise her case was before a local court has been fined and disqualified for driving without insurance. 

Naomi Wilson (24) of Newbridge Road in Lisnaskea was charged with unaccompanied driving, failing to display L plates, having no valid test certificate, and driving without insurance.
She was convicted in her absence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court last week and a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. 
She had been initially detected by police operating a traffic checkpoint near the Share Centre in Lisnaskea on May 8 this year.
When stopped, Wilson had told the officers she held a provisional licence and in her notebook interview with the officers she was aware she was driving
unaccompanied and without L plates displayed, and that she was not insured.
Wilson’s car was seized and further checks revealed it also did not have a valid test certificate.
On Monday past, Wilson appeared in court after being arrested by arrangement.
Her solicitor Garry Smyth explained as soon as she’d learned her case had been before the court, she contacted him and made arrangements to have the case dealt with. 
Mr Smyth said Wilson, who had a previous conviction for a similar offence, was a single mother and her son had taken ill while at a friend’s house on the day she was detected driving, and she had driven a short distance to pick him up.
The solicitor added losing her licence would prove difficult for Wilson as a single mother living in a rural setting. 
District Judge Peter King fined Wilson a total of £400 and disqualified her from driving for a total of six months.
He warned the mother not to “be tempted to get behind the wheel of a car” while disqualified, as if she did she would “be in significantly more trouble.” 

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