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Penalty points for woman who drove off after reversing into vehicle at Armagh retail park

The 57-year-old's solicitor stated that the defendant had 'panicked' in the situation

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An Armagh woman who reversed into a stationary vehicle at a retail park in the city before driving off has been handed five penalty points.

The 57-year-old’s solicitor stated that the defendant, who had been driving since 1991, had “panicked” in the situation.

Mabel Jean Kyle, of Orangefield Drive, had pleas of guilty entered on her behalf to driving without due care or attention and failing to stop, remain or report an accident at the city’s Magistrates’, sitting at Newry, on Tuesday.

Prosecution outlined that on December 12, at 1.40pm, police received a report of a hit and run incident at the Spires retail park in Armagh.

The injured party stated that they had been stationary in the car park when another vehicle had reversed into the front of their vehicle causing damage before making off.

Police later spoke to the defendant, who was identified as the driver, and she made full admissions to the offences.

Defence solicitor Chris Rafferty said that Kyle had been driving since 1991 and had “panicked” in the situation.

He stated: “She has serious mental issues, which stem from some awful traumas over the last year or so.”

Mr Rafferty also informed the court that the defendant had been in contact with the injured party and had since paid for the reparation of the damage caused.

District Judge Eamonn King handed Kyle a conditional discharge for 12 months and five penalty points.

The defendant was also ordered to pay a fine of £90, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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