Woman who struck parked car is banned from driving

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Hanna Gilpin, Crawford Park, Portadown, was convicted after a contested hearing.

For taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent and causing damage to it and for not having insurance she was given 120 hours’ community service.

A £120 fine was imposed for driving without due care and attention. For each offence she was banned from driving for two months.

The court heard that at around 2.45am on September 1, 2013, a parked car was struck by another vehicle at Deramore Drive.

The owner of the stationary vehicle, which was parked outside his home, gave a description of a person who left the scene.

Police received a report of a stolen vehicle and went to a nearby address where the defendant was the occupant.

She matched the description of the person. Gilpin denied any involvement and said she had been the victim of a burglary.

She claimed her friend, the owner of the vehicle, had left her handbag in her house. The only item which was stolen was the keys of the car.

The defendant was convicted and sentencing adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

A defence barrister said it was clear that her attitude had not changed. He pointed out that since this incident there had been nothing further.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said he was satisfied the defendant was guilty of the offences.