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Woman sells car, cops new owner's unpaid traffic fines

Joanne Molloy and her partner Linda Unger are devastated over a legal headache they have been lumped with after they sold a Commodore to a north Rockhampton man 10 months ago.
Joanne Molloy and her partner Linda Unger are devastated over a legal headache they have been lumped with after they sold a Commodore to a north Rockhampton man 10 months ago.

"WHAT can we do? We've been fighting it for months. It's very stressful," a desperate Joanne Molloy said outside Gladstone Courthouse.

"I've had heaps of letters from Queensland Transport."

Ms Molloy is contesting a charge that suggests she drove after her licence had been suspended by the State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) for failing to pay many fines on a series of speeding and traffic offences.

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Ms Molloy and her partner Linda Unger are devastated over a legal headache they have been lumped with after they sold a Commodore to a north Rockhampton man 10 months ago.

The man, who purchased Ms Molloy's car in August 2014, has not yet declared himself as its new owner.

The couple say they are wrongly receiving his speeding offences.

"He lives at Etna Creek but I can't get in touch with him," she said.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito told magistrate Jeffrey Clarke the car had been transferred to the new owner but Ms Molloy had received the SPER infringement notices.

"We need the buyer to state in a declaration he purchased the vehicle and failed to transfer it to his name," Mr Pepito said.

He said Ms Molloy needs a letter from the buyer that states the date of his purchase.

Prosecutor Sgt Merrilyn Hoskins said police had contacted Queensland Transport which was about to terminate Ms Molloy's licence because the offences had continued.

Mr Clarke said it was an issue if the SPER debt was not caused by Ms Molloy.

He told Mr Pepito his client may need to take formal steps about the underlying issue.

Mr Clarke set a defended hearing date on August 12.

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