St Albans woman convicted of 20 driving offences escapes prison, but only just
- Credit: Archant
A 30-year-old woman charged with 20 driving offences escaped prison ‘by a hair’s breadth’ after appearing at St Albans Magistrates’ on Friday (18).
Patricia Cassidy, of Abbots Park, St Albans, pleaded guilty to nine counts of driving while disqualified, one count of failing to stop after a road accident, nine counts of driving without third party insurance and one count of driving without due care and attention between June and September this year.
Defending, Andrew Hobdell, of Lawtons Solicitors, argued that Cassidy, a mother to three young children, was unaware that she had been disqualified from driving and had had a traumatic year.
He said: “She’s shown remorse for her actions and we can see this year has not been the best year for her,” also making reference to her brother’s unexpected death.
He added: “This year has been a complete mess and she’s trying to do the best she can...this is a lady, a woman, and a mother who is very remorseful, there’s no need for her to go to prison.”
You may also want to watch:
She was handed a 16 week sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work, given a three year driving ban
- and some stern words.
- 1 Verulamium splash park closed unexpectedly
- 2 Could Aldi be coming to Harpenden?
- 3 Teen gang attacks boy in Verulamium Park
- 4 Harpenden man charged after journalist chased through Whitehall
- 5 100 homes approved at appeal for Green Belt land
- 6 Harpenden retailers call on county to end town centre road closures
- 7 Freedom Day: More than half of Herts residents welcome delay to lockdown easing
- 8 650 homes proposed for Harpenden golf club site
- 9 It's showtime at Rothamsted with West End stars performing in 'Musicals at the Manor'
- 10 Quarantine hotel set up in St Albans
Magistrate, Mrs A Tadiello, told an emotional Cassidy: “You have escaped walking down those steps by a hair’s breadth. Today you will not hear the jangle of the jailor’s keys, but you should know the seriousness of the crimes you committed. You are a very, very lucky lady.”