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Penalty points totting up puts Milford woman off the road

Defendant who works in Carlingford is banned from driving for six months

A Milford woman has been banned from driving for six months after her husband forgot to name her on a new insurance policy.

Christine Dunwoody, of Dernalea Road, pleaded guilty to failing to produce her licence and driving whilst uninsured at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The court heard the 33-year-old had six live penalty points on her licence, with defence solicitor Jarlath Fields stating: “There is a certain inevitability about today.”

Dunwoody was detected by police on the Monaghan Road, Armagh, on January 24.

Mr Fields said his client had not known she was uninsured at the time as her husband had been in control of this.

He explained Dunwoody had not been named on the policy for the car when it was renewed in October of last year; this she claimed was an oversight on her husband’s part.

Court heard the defendant, the mother of seven-year-old twins, worked as a chef in a hotel in Carlingford and had to travel from Armagh.

District Judge Paul Copeland said there was “nothing to mitigate” this offence as he handed Dunwoody six penalty points.

Through totting up, this puts the defendant off the road for six months.

Dunwoody was also ordered to pay a fine of £300, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within eight weeks.

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