Jail time for mum without licence

A MOTHER’S failure to obtain a driver’s licence after repeat unlicensed offences has landed her in jail.

Janelle Eva Kapay pleaded guilty to driving without a licence SPER suspended, using a mobile phone while driving, driving an unregistered vehicle, contravening a direction and driving without a licence repeat offender.

Police prosecutor Troy Daubaras said that on May 20 at 3.45pm police pulled Kapay over for talking on a mobile phone at which time it was found her licence had been suspended by SPER.

Then two months later, on July 23, Kapay was intercepted on Breslin Street for driving without a licence in an unregistered vehicle.

Kapay also failed to attend the police station within seven days to provide identification.

Defence solicitor Jun Pepito said his client was a 27-year-old single mum of three children.

He asked Magistrate Morrow to take the care of her children into consideration when sentencing her. Magistrate Morrow told Mr Pepito that he could not use the children to shield his client from going to jail.

Sentencing was held off until the afternoon for the magistrate to consider the case.

When court resumed barrister David Murray assisted the defence team with their submissions.

Mr Murray asked for no actual jail time even though Kapay had seven prior offences for unlicensed and disqualified driving.

Magistrate Morrow said the second unlicensed driving offence was the aggravating factor.

“You have shown a total defiance of statutory regulations to get a driver’s licence,” he said.

For the SPER suspension and the mobile phone offences Kapay was fined $600 and disqualified from driving for five months.

For contravening a direction $90 and unregistered driving $200.

For driving without a licence Kapay was sentenced to three months jail with a parole release date of August 20 and disqualified for six months.

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