Unlicensed Woman with Fines Avoids Jail

A WOMAN with $19,000 in unpaid fines who was caught driving with a suspended licence for the fourth time nearly landed herself in jail.

Kerry Goodman pleaded guilty in Mandurah Magistrates Court on January 5 to using a false number plate, using a mobile phone while driving, driving an unlicensed car and two counts of having no authority to drive.

The police prosecutor told the court that Goodman drove a car on Peelwood Parade in Halls Head on September 12, last year.

The car was fitted with false plates at the time and she had a suspended licence.

On October 8, she was stopped by police on Mitchell Freeway, she still had no licence.

Police also witnessed Goodman talking on her mobile phone while she was driving an unlicensed car.

Magistrate Vivien Edwards said Goodman’s actions warranted a prison sentence.

However, due to the personal circumstances detailed to the court by counsel for the accused, she was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

She received a global fine of $800 and a licence suspension of 12 months cumulative on previous licence suspensions.