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Cullyhanna woman who opted for court date to avoid penalty points – gets points and bigger fine

The district judge told her: 'You should have taken the fixed penalty. Because you brought it to court you will have to pay more'

A Cullyhanna woman who didn’t take up a fixed penalty as she “didn’t want to get three penalty points” was handed a £15 levy as an add-on.

The district judge told the 51-year-old: “You have to get three penalty points, that is the minimum.”

Elaine Patricia Largey, of Carraig Way, pleaded guilty to excess speed at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on May 21, at 3.39pm, the defendant was detected driving a Mercedes on the A1, Dromore, at a speed of 72mph on a 60mph stretch of the road.

Largey, who represented herself, when asked why she did not accept the fixed penalty, stated: “I didn’t want to get the three penalty points.”

District Judge Peter Magill told the defendant: “You have to get three penalty points, that is the minimum.

“You should have taken the fixed penalty. Because you brought it to court you will have to pay more.”

Largey was handed three penalty points and was ordered to pay a fine of £60, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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