Doctor caught speeding on way to work


The South West Acute Hospital

A JUNIOR doctor at the South West Acute Hospital has been fined for speeding while on her way to begin her shift after visiting her sick mother in Cavan. 
Doua Ahmed (24), whose address was given as Long Common, Ballymena, appeared at Enniskillen Magistrates Court on Monday where she pleaded guilty to speeding and driving without insurance. 
The court heard Ahmed, who has a Southern provisional licence, had been stopped by police on mobile patrol in Derrylin as she had been driving at 45mph in a 30mph zone. 
Defence solicitor David Buchanan said Ahmed was a junior doctor at SWAH and usually resides in Enniskillen but that weekend she had been visiting her mother, who had been ill, in Cavan. He said she hadn’t realised she had be scheduled to work on the Saturday evening, and would usually have availed of a lift from Cavan from a colleague, however they did not work on Saturdays. 
Mr Buchanan said Ahmed had taken the decision to drive, and explained her speed had “crept up on her” on what was a very straight road. 
The solicitor also pointed out the charge of no insurance was a “technical” charge. Ahmed did have a valid insurance policy, but it did not cover her to drive in the circumstances. 
Deputy District Judge Sean O’Hare fined Ahmed a total of £225 and endorsed a total of nine penalty points on her licence. 

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