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Tandragee woman spared significant sentence on account of ill-health

A judge took pity on a Tandragee woman who was facing a lengthy driving ban due to her ill-health.

The 57-year-old was charged with permitting another person to drive without insurance.

Appearing before Armagh Magistrates’ on Tuesday, the court heard how the defendant, and a male co-accused, were stopped by police following a routine check.

They were pulled over by officers around 5.15pm in the Dobbin Street area of Armagh City.

The court also heard how the woman has a history of similar offences, however, she had made some efforts to ascertain whether the driver she was permitting had an insurance policy.

Her defence counsel argued: “This is a woman who is currently suffering ill-health and needs hospital treatment.

“She lives rurally and is currently facing a potential diagnosis for a cancerous tumour.

“I have to accept that my client’s record is not great, however, she did take some steps to enquire about the co-accused’s insurance.”

Because of the woman’s poor health, she is currently unable to work and is in receipt of health benefits.

District Judge Nigel Broderick agreed that the woman’s record “was not great” but said he was willing to temper the punishment on account of her ill-health.

He disqualified her for one month and handed her a two month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months given her record on the matter.

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